Normal cells in your body have a particular job to do and grow and divide in an orderly way. Normal cells die (called aptosis) and new cells take their place. Cancer is when this process breaks down and those cells begin to grow and divide out of control.
There were approximately 18 million people diagnosed with cancer around the world in 2018 1. Lung and breast cancers are the most common cancers globally. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer. 9.5 million men were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and the most common sites were lung, prostate, colon, rectum, stomach and liver. 8.5 million women were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and the most common sites were breast, colon, rectum, lung, cervix and stomach.
A healthy lifestyle, cancer screening, early detection, and understanding any changes in your body are all imperative to your health. You can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices such as watching what you eat, limiting how much you drink, staying physically active, and not smoking.