Home > Medical > Cancer > Facts and figures Updated 14 August 2014 Different types of cancer There are five basic types of cancer. 0 Quiz Cancer: are you at risk? » Girl 'given' HIV to fight her cancer CANSA CEO responds to Government's HPV vaccine roll-out There are five types of cancer: Carcinomas. These are formed in the tissues that cover a surface or line internal organs of the body. Sarcomas develop in connective tissue and affect bones and soft tissue. Leukaemias are found in the blood and the blood-forming tissues. Lymphomas affect the lymphatic system that normally acts as a filter of impurities on the body. Myelomas are tumours that arise in plasma cells in the bone marrow. More in Medical 40% will get cancer More: CancerFacts and figures SPONSORED: We want your Facebook like Join our Facebook community and help us reach 100 000 likes fast! advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Zuma: SA to get free, quality healthcare News Obesity fuelling rise in US diabetes rates Lifestyle Family-time may help kids cope with bullying Medical The evolution of our angry face Medical New model predicts complications in patients with type 1 diabetes Diet and nutrition Low-carb diets may come out tops for weightloss From our sponsors Like us on facebook! Why take out life insurance from OUTsaurance Keep your pet's teeth in tip top condition Occlusal disease - a modern day dental problem Live healthier Knee pain relief » Knee injuries Test your knee pain knowledge Symptoms of knee pain Do you suffer from knee pain? Do you suffer from recurrent knee pain? It could be osteoarthritis... Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins Get your vitamins right Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.