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Cancer Types

We're learning more about cancer every day. There are many different types of cancer and researchers are developing better and more effective treatments for all of them. The physicians at Torrance Memorial Physician Network - Cancer Care are highly experienced, compassionate and up-to-date on the newest and most effective cancer treatments.

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, your doctor will be able to provide you with important information about the disease and its treatment but here are some basic facts you'll find helpful.

Cells are the basic building blocks of our body—cancer cells are destructive ones that grow and depending on the type of cancer can spread rapidly. You can have cancer anywhere in your body. Having a close family member with a history of cancer raises your risk, but the truth is that most cancers are not hereditary. For example, over 80% of new breast cancer patients have no family members who've had breast cancer—this is also true of most other types of cancer.

We don't yet know what causes cancer but scientists are learning more about factors that raise an individual's risk. Besides heredity, cancer is linked to certain lifestyle behaviors including, but not limited to, smoking, alcohol abuse, being overweight, lack of exercise and poor eating habits.

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