Cancer - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkænsər|  American pronunciation of the word cancer
Brit.  |ˈkænsə|  British pronunciation of the word cancer


- any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream
- (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer (syn: crab)
- a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini
- the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22 (syn: crab)
- type genus of the family Cancridae

Extra examples

He was diagnosed with cancer.

She learned that she has cancer.

Eating certain foods may help reduce the risk of cancer.

Advanced cancers are more difficult to treat.

I'm a Taurus, but my best friend is a Cancer.

A lot of cancers can now be treated successfully.

Smoking causes lung cancer.

She was told last year that she had cancer.

He died of cancer last month.

Drug abuse is the cancer of our society.

Researchers trying to find a cure for cancer

A rare form of cancer

Researchers have announced a major advance in the treatment of cancer.

The number of deaths from cancer is rising.

Establishing a link between diet and cancer

Word forms

singular: cancer
plural: cancers
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