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There are hundreds of types of cancer, each with hundreds of articles and blog posts with cancer information.

If you are worried or looking up cancer information, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the available material and the complicated wording they contain. So, we’ve condensed and simplified information on the most common types of cancer. From what they are, to signs and symptoms, to risk factors.

A common question when researching cancer information is ‘What is cancer?’. There are many different explanations but simply put is it when cells in certain parts of your body or organs start to divide and reproduce in an uncontrolled way. If they grow or multiply too much, this can cause a tumour. The cancerous cells can destroy surrounding healthy tissue and organs and can even spread further throughout your body.

1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Therefore, we think it’s crucial that you’re aware of the risks and symptoms of the most commonly diagnosed cancers.

The most general piece of advice to reduce your risk of any cancer diagnosis is to live a healthy lifestyle. This can sound overwhelming but just a few small changes to your lifestyle could make a big difference; eat healthily, take regular exercise and don’t smoke. These are the top three suggestions from NHS in reducing your overall risk.

Remember that if you think you’re experiencing any symptoms, please call your GP to arrange an appointment. Early detection is the best prevention.