Cancer 101: A Visual Guide to Understanding Cancer

An illustration of cancer cells.
Illustration shows benign (not cancer) vs. malignant (cancer) tumors.
Illustration showing the examples of primary cancers and locations to which they can metastasize (spread).
The estimated percentage of cancer cases caused by identifiable and/or potentially preventable factors.
A female radiology technician examines a mammography test on the computer, a male doctor reviews a patient's X-rays, a male doctor examines a mole on a woman's shoulder, and a male scientist examines biopsy samples under the microscope.
Micrograph examples of squamous-cell carcinoma, Ewing sarcoma, multiple myeloma, acute leukemia, and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Estimated male and female cancer deaths and by cancer type in the U.S. in 2013.
Tumor, Node, Metastasis (TNM) staging example for breast cancer.
Chart illustrating the 5 stages of cancer.
Illustration shows the location of lymph nodes in the body and what they look like close up.
A doctor explains treatment options to a couple in the hospital.
A doctor performs surgery with his nurse and anesthesiologist.
A Caucasian female radiation therapist prepares a patient (lying on back) for radiation treatment using the
A Caucasian female nurse administers chemotherapy through a catheter to an African-American male patient in a clinical setting.
Cancer research scientists working in a lab.

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Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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