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 » One year of cancer treatment in one minute Girl 'given' HIV to fight her 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 Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice 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 Drug addiction challenges family finances Diet and nutrition Confusion about types of sugar in beverages Diet and nutrition Probiotics have no effect on asthma Lifestyle E-cigarette companies selling addiction? Lifestyle Young Americans more tired than seniors Medical Poor sleep a problem for middle-aged women From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Depression » Depression Depression and ageing Teen depression Depression: do you know the signs? One of the key roles you can play in the health of someone who is depressed or suffers from anxiety is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know. Healthy dog » Dog weightloss Dog behaviour Overweight dogs Food not to feed your dog Feeding you dog 'human food' may be detrimental to its health.