By: Hunter Cunningham
What is Cancer?
1) How many cells do we have in our body?
2) What is a stem cell? How does a liver cell differ from a stomach cell?
A undifferentiated cell of a multi cellular organism that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of same type.
3) What is a cell’s main purpose in life?
To make up DNA
4) How does cancer get started? (carcinogenesis?)
Cancer starts when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control.
5) What is a mistake in a cell’s genetic information called?
6) How does a cell usually deal with these mistakes?
The cell starts to slowly die.
7) What is apoptosis?
The death of cells that occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism's growth or development.
8) What is the key to preventing and treating cancer?
To prevent or treat cancer you usually go through a cancer treatment.
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What part of the body does it affect?
Its affects the eye.
What specific things/exposures can lead to this type of cancer?
Melanoma of the eye is more common in people with light eyes, people with a lot of moles, and possibly in people who have had too much exposure to sunlight.
What are the symptoms, how do you know you have it? What are the effects?
- bulging of one eye (apoptosis)
- total or partial loss of vision or blurred vision.
- pain in or around your eye, although this is rare.
- a change in the appearance of the eye or surrounding tissues.
What are the treatments, what is the survival rate for people with this type of cancer?
- Radiation therapy
- Laser therapy
- Targeted therapy
The survival rate is 97%.