Cancer occurs when cells in the body are altered by exposure to a carcinogen (a cancer causing substance) and begin to grow and reproduce in an irregular fashion. This abnormal cell growth is dangerous because it crowds out healthy cells, stealing needed oxygen and nutrients. This malignant growth will also attack and destroy surrounding tissue and can metastasize, meaning malignant cells break off and travel through the bloodstream or lymph system to other parts of the body and start new tumors.
Causes of Cancer
The following are some possible causes of cancer:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Drugs / medications
- Medical mistakes (e.g failure to diagnose)
- Diet and physical activity
- Sun and UV exposure
Types of Cancer
Learn more about specific types of cancer:
There are many different varieties of cancer, and each requires its own specific forms of treatment. All types of cancer, however, stand a significantly higher chance of successful treatment if caught in the early stages.
Contact a Cancer Lawyer
If you or a loved one is suffering from cancer as a result of toxic exposure, medication, or your doctor’s failure to diagnose, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an attorney today to learn more about your legal rights!