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Types of Cancer

There are many types of cancer.

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.

Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.

1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the 4 most common types of cancer are:

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way. You can find links on this page to information about other types of cancer.

Please visit Cancer – NHS ( for further information.

On the home page you will see a list of the following types of cancer, please click on each heading and you will find further information on each site:

  • Acute Oncology/CUP
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Head and Neck
  • Lung
  • Skin
  • Upper GI
  • Urology: Kidney, penile, prostate and testicular
  • Bladder

Accurately diagnosing cancer can take weeks or months. As cancer often develops slowly over several years, waiting for a few weeks will not usually impact on the effectiveness of treatment.

If you need support please refer to the cancer navigator tab on this website or LWBC.