What is Cancer?

There are over 200 different types of cancers. Some are more common in young people than adults, and some more so in men than women.

While they might differ in terms of treatment and recovery, all cancers have some things in common:

  1. Something goes haywire in the DNA of your cells, sometimes for no known reason, and they become cancerous
  2. The malignant (cancerous) cells crowd out your good cells.

Therefore, the goal of treatment is to destroy the bad cells and make room for new healthy, good cells.

  • Abnormal cancer cells can be treated, destroyed and killed.
  • There’s heaps of information about cancer and treatments available if you want to find out more.
  • You are not alone! There are many young people out there living with cancer who can support you – not to mention support groups like CanTeen.
  • Treating cancer can be a long, tedious and sometimes painful process.
  • Hospitals can be boring (and they smell weird!)
  • Adjusting to life with cancer can be tough – both for people who have been diagnosed, and their families and friends.
You may also want to learn about hereditary factors (hereditary means passed from parent to child.) Join CanTeen’s online community to chat with other young people about cancer facts… or anything really.