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Cancer, Women and

Cancer, defined as a range of diseases characterized by the proliferation of abnormal cells that spread beyond their usual boundaries, is the third largest killer of women after heart attacks and strokes. The change in one single cell that may initiate a cancer may stem from inherited genetic factors, external agents, or some combination of both. Cancer cells may also metastasize, that is to say, invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs. Metastases are the major cause of death from cancer.

Global Burden of Cancer

Estimates show that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, digestive diseases, mental disorders, conditions related to injuries and violence, and cancer will account for nearly 80 percent of the global burden of disease by 2020. Such ...

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