WHAT IS CANCER?

Every part of our body is made up of small units called cells.  These cells are constantly growing, dividing, dying off and being replaced.  This cycle is essential for the human body to function and is very tightly controlled in healthy individuals.

Cancer occurs when a build up of genetic changes cause the body’s cells divide and multiply without control.  Cancerous cells rapidly split and copy themselves which results in many new cancerous cells being formed. This uncontrollable growth causes cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. These cells do not die off as normal cells do, and eventually these accumulating cancer cells form lumps or tumours.

Cancer can occur anywhere in the body and there are many different forms. Each type of cancer will have a unique effect on the body and will cause different symptoms in different people.

In this section we explore subjects like cancer prevention, cancer myths, explore scientific concepts and new avenues we are pursuing in research but all with a focus on cancer.

HPV and Cervical Cancer: A conversation on the facts, screening and vaccines

For International HPV Awareness Day Dr Frances Drummond speaks to Dr Mairead O’Connor, a Research Fellow in UCC about her research as part of CERVIVA – the Irish Cervical Screening Research Consortium.

Vaccines should be Favoured not Feared, from MMR to HPV and Covid

Few interventions in human history have saved more lives than vaccines. But as discussion on the topic reignites in intensity with the emergence of COVID-19 vaccines, it is worth delving into facts and fictions about immunisation.

How Covid has highlighted shortfalls of our cancer care system

On World Cancer Day, Dr Richard Bambury, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Clinical Director for Cancer Services at Cork University Hospital, describes the impact of Covid-19 on his work.

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