Title

Cancer

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

2617

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Kirov, E. , Francis, J. , & Thomson, N. J. (2003). Cancer. In Thomson, Neil (Eds.). The health of indigenous Australians (pp. 207-223). Location: Oxford University Press. Original book available here.

Abstract

Cancer is the collective name for a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and grow out of control. Cancer is basically a disease of the body's cells, and starts in the genes. Genes control a body's ability to constantly make new cells, enabling growth, replacement of worn-out cells, and healing of damaged cells. All cancers are caused by amage to genes. A small number of people may inherit a damaged gene from a parent when they are born, but usually the damage occurs during a person's lifetime.

 
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