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What is metastasis?

By Barry Pekilis:

"'Metastasis' is defined as the transfer of a disease-producing agency from the site of the disease to another part of the body. One of the mortal threats of cancer is metastasis. Early detection of cancer can be the difference between life and death. Most cancers can be detected at an early stage mainly because of physical symptoms such as lumps, bleeding, or some other clue.
"Unfortunately there are two types of cancer in which early detection is highly unlikely: lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. By a dint of bad luck, if an individual has one of these two cancers, they will probably not know it until the disease has invaded other vital organs and parts of their body. By this time is may be too late for any meaningful treatment or cure.

"The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 5% and for lung cancer, 10 percent. This compares to a survival rate of 50 80% for most other cancers.

"This information is being supplied in this FAQ to help provide motivation for those of you who have either quit or are trying to quit. Cigarette smoking appears to be a major cause of both of these two malignant cancers."