Home > Medical > Cancer > Facts and figures 16 May 2007 Different types of cancer There are five basic types of cancer. 0 Pin It Quiz Cancer: are you at risk? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » Subscribe Newsletters » Breast self-examination FW de Klerk speaks about cancer 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 advertisement Get a quote Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Medical World not ready for mass flu outbreak Medical Japan tests powerful breast cancer therapy Medical Vitamin C leads to TB breakthrough Medical China's bird flu outbreak cost $6.5 billion Lifestyle Teens are sharing more online Parenting Extreme weather threatens mental health From our sponsors Hill's Science Plan Canine Mini range There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Medihelp’s regional information sessions Live healthier Be vitamin-smart » A-Z of vitamins What is vitamin C? Ask the expert Why we need vitamin D Even in a country with an abundance of sunlight you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Here's why. Beat acne » Stars with scars Acne tips Skincare Myths about acne Through the ages, there have been many myths about acne. We list the myths and give you the facts.