cancer - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a serious illness caused by a group of cells in the body increasing in an uncontrolled way. Cancer is often treated by chemotherapy (=special drugs) or by radiotherapy

    Some cancers are easier to treat than others.

    lung/breast/prostate cancer:

    He died of lung cancer.

    cancer of the cervix/prostate/colon:

    She was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix.

  2. 2
    [countable] something harmful that affects a lot of people and is difficult to stop

    the cancer of greed

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