Cell Growth

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Cell Growth
Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov
Cancer arises from a loss of normal growth control. In normal tissues, the rates of new cell growth and old cell death are kept in balance. In cancer, this balance is disrupted. This disruption can result from uncontrolled cell growth or loss of a cell's ability to undergo cell suicide by a process called"apoptosis." Apoptosis, or "cell suicide," is the mechanism by which old or damaged cells normally self-destruct.
Normal Cell Division
Cancer Cell Division
Cell Damage
Cell Suicide
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When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor.
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Mutation
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4th or later
Uncontrolled growth