Cancer Facts

  •  Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells 
  • Cancer is caused by both external factors (tobacco, infectious organisms, chemicals, and radiation) and internal factors (inherited mutations, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occur from metabolism) 
  • Most cases occur in adults who are middle-aged or older 
  • About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in persons 55 years and older