Cancer affects many people. It is not limited by gender, age, or ethnicity and has no physical barriers within the body. In America alone, as of 2007, 27% of Americans had or were being treated for some form of cancer. Chances are, you know someone who has cancer or has been directly affected by it.
The most common types of cancer are:
- Lung Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
Why do we study cancer?
We study cancer in order to eventually find a cure for the disease. However, with so many different types of cancer, affecting a variety of cells, the search for a cure is a complex process.
Cancer is a comprehensive disease--not that it necessarily affects the entire body at once--but that it has the potential to occur anywhere within your body. Therefore, it is important to study cancer piece by piece and compile knowledge from different research institutions. By sharing findings with each other, scientists collaborate and learn how we can better treat and (hopefully) cure cancer.