Cancer Medical Definition

What is Cancer?” 

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Cancer Medical Definition

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Cancer medical definition: Cancer is a disease manifested by the presence of a malignant tumor. Not all tumors are cancerous, and a cancerous tumor is characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of malignant cells. This is in contrast to con-cancerous (benign) tumors, which do not spread. 

There are many factors that contribute to the development of cancerous cells in the body, especially in the fast-paced, chemical-laden environment we live in today. Some of these contributing factors include:

  • Genetic mutations
  • Chemicals
  • Diet and exercise
  • Infection
  • Radiation
  • Heredity
  • Hormones
  • Autoimmune disease 

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Cancer in Medical Malpractice Cases

With the unfortunate commonality of cancer diagnoses in this day and age, many medical malpractice cases arise in this area. 

Misdiagnosis is the most common medical malpractice case involving cancer. Cancers are much easier to treat with early and correct diagnosis and it can be deemed medical negligence when a medical specialist fails to follow the acceptable standard of care required by their medical specialty. Contact a Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer today to review your case: 800-392-4529




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