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About Cancer

2013 Cancer Burden Study

To make the biggest impact on cancer in North Dakota, we first need to understand what cancer is and the extent of the disease. Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases characterized by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, and intrusion on and destruction of nearby tissues that can spread to other locations of the body. In North Dakota each day, about nine people are diagnosed with cancer and about four die from the disease.