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Cancer Resources for the Recently Diagnosed: About Cancer

Resources available to the people of Oahu through the Hawaii State Library and the Internet

About Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention,

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases. There are more than 100 kinds of cancer. For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s What Is Cancer?

  • The most common types of cancer in the U.S. are: Breast, Cervical, Colorectal (Colon), Liver, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate, Skin, Uterine, Vaginal & Vulvar.
  • Cancer is the #2 cause of death in the United States. (Heart disease is #1).

Resources: Books

Resources: eBooks

NCI Patient Education Publications

CDC Cancer News

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