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There are many different types of cancer. Some are very common, others are rare. As well as having some similar features, each cancer has its own characteristics and symptoms which vary according to the type of cancer and where it is in the body.
Many people can be cured of cancer and those who can’t are living longer and have a better quality of life than previously. New treatments are being developed all the time.
The chances of survival depend a lot on what type of cancer it is, how early the cancer has been detected, and if it has developed or spread in the body. These are important pieces of information your doctor should discuss with you. Being told you have cancer does not mean you are necessarily going to die as a result of it - you can talk to your doctor about the details of your own cancer and how it might develop.
Cancer is not contagious. It can't be caught from someone else and is not usually hereditary (passed on through families).
If you are looking for information about a particular type of cancer you can find more information in our cancer types section