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basement membrane

The foundation layer of tissue that cells sit on.


The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply…


A form of treatment in which needles or probes are inserted into the cancer to destroy the cancer cells by passing microwave or radio waves into the cancer.


A cancer that starts in the glandular cells. For example, a cancer that starts in the glandular tissue of the lungs. It is the most common type of endometrial cancer.


A type of programmed (normal) cell death. This is the body’s normal way of getting rid of damaged, unneeded or unwanted cells.

aromatase inhibitors

Drugs that help prevent the growth of oestrogen-dependent cancer cells by reducing the amount of oestrogen in a post-menopausal woman’s body.


Slight changes in the cells of the cervix that could be precancerous abnormalities.

atypical ductal hyperplasia

A non-cancerous condition of the cells in the lining of the milk ducts in the breast.

basal cell

One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s top layer (epidermis).

basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

A type of skin cancer that develops in the basal cells of the top layer (epidermis) of the skin.