Featured image “Dividing Cancer Cells” (3D Illustration)

Cell division (mitosis) is the fundamental process of life.

In this health segment, I explain how cancer starts, spreads, and why it comes back.

Normal Cells vs Cancer Cells

Normal cells grow when needed, stay within tissue boundaries, and have a defined lifespan. On the other hand, cancer cells may keep growing, invade neighboring tissues, and can be immortal.

Cancer can appear like tentacles or claw-like extensions. The word “cancer” is derived from the Greek word for claw or crab.

For example, the most common sites for breast cancer to metastasize (spread) first are:

  • Bones (spine, ribs, pelvis) – 41% (Symptoms include pain and/or fracture.)
  • Lungs – 22% (Symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent cough.)
  • Brain – 7.3% (Symptoms include headaches, visual changes, dizziness, seizures, loss of balance, personality changes.)
  • Liver – 7.3% (Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, severe itching, jaundice.)

Karen’s Fit Tip: Learn more about how you can actually affect your cells and prevent or slow the progression of cancer by clicking here.

Karen Owoc

I’m a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, KRON 4's weekly health expert, speaker, and author of my book on functional longevity, “Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100".

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