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Affected by cancer

Cancer is a disease of the cells, which are the body’s basic building blocks. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal cells can damage or invade the surrounding tissues, or spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage.

This section provides information for people affected by cancer, including people living with cancer, cancer survivors, carers and family members.

Cancer is a disease of the cells, which are the body’s basic building blocks. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal cells can damage or invade the surrounding tissues, or spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage.

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Cancer Australia does not provide individual treatment advice. People seeking information about care and treatment for their individual situation are advised to speak with their doctor or another health professional.