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What are the major types of cancer?

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The major types of cancer are carcinoma, sarcoma, melanoma, lymphoma, and leukemia. Carcinomas -- the most commonly diagnosed cancers -- originate in the skin, lungs, breasts, pancreas, and other organs and glands. Lymphomas are cancers of lymphocytes. Leukemia is cancer of the blood. It does not usually form solid tumors. Sarcomas arise in bone, muscle, fat, or cartilage and are relatively uncommon. Melanomas are cancers that arise in the cells that make the pigment in skin.

From: Understanding Cancer -- the Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Oncology I Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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National Cancer Institute. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: "Oncology I Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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