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Updated 14 August 2014

Different types of cancer

There are five basic types of cancer.

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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.
 
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