Cancer occurs when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells in the body. Cancer can begin in any place in the body, including in your blood, your bones, your organs, and even in your hair follicles. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States (~600,000) after heart disease (~650,000). The number of people who die from cancer is 35% of all people who are diagnosed with cancer. Although cancer is in the top 10 global causes of death and is one of the leading causes of death in many countries, mortality from cancer in low- and low-middle income countries can be as high as 80%. Different types of cancer occur at different rates but lung cancer is a major global killer.
There are many different types of cancer with the more common being lung, breast, prostate, colon, and skin cancer. In fact, each cancer is as unique as a fingerprint. This is why laboratory testing is so important, because it allows your healthcare practitioners to understand the uniqueness of your individual cancer and tailor a treatment and/or management plan specific to your cancer.