Cancer is a large group of diseases that starts in our cells. Cancer happens when a damaged cell does not get repaired by our body and makes more damaged cell copies. These damaged cells can grow at a fast pace and can take over nearby tissue or spread.
Important things to know about cancer are:
Listen to your body and see your health care provider as soon as possible if you have symptoms that could be a sign of cancer. Your symptoms may not be cancer after all, but a checkup and tests can help you know more. Cancer symptoms can include things like:
If you live in British Columbia (BC) and do not have access to a doctor, consider calling the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program if you need to talk about your symptoms at 1-855-344-3800.
To learn more:
Cancer 101 Whiteboard - YouTube (Cancer Care Ontario Information Video)
About Cancer (bccancer.bc.ca) (BC Cancer Web Page)
HealthLinkBC Cancer Web Page
Cancer Basics – What is Cancer? - YouTube (Canadian Cancer Society Information Video)
What is Cancer? (Cancer Care Ontario Information Handout)