What is cancer?

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and instead grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia, do not form tumors.

What are the most common forms of cancer?

Cancer may occur anywhere in the body. In women, breast cancer is one of the most common. In men, it’s prostate cancer. Lung cancer and colorectal cancer affect both men and women in high numbers.

There are five main categories of cancer:

  • Carcinomas begin in the skin or tissues that line the internal organs.
  • Sarcomas develop in the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle or other connective tissues.
  • Leukemia begins in the blood and bone marrow.
  • Lymphomas start in the immune system.
  • Central nervous system cancers develop in the brain and spinal cord.

Role of Early Diagnosis

  • Early diagnosis of cancer focuses on detecting symptomatic patients as early as possible so they have the best chance for successful treatment. When cancer care is delayed or inaccessible there is a lower chance of survival, greater problems associated with treatment and higher costs of care. Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage and is therefore an important public health strategy in all settings.
  • With this Oncquest supports promoting Cancer Early Diagnosis because IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS -we all should not ignore the early signs of cancer.

Recommended cancer risk screening panels

Panel Name Parameter Name MRP Offer Price

Cancer Risk Panel (Male)

CBC, ESR, AFP, (Tumour Marker)
CEA, CA 19.9, Total PSA


Cancer Risk Panel (Female)

CBC, ESR, AFP, (Tumour Marker)
CEA, CA 125, CA 15.3


*Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/risk_factors.htm | http://cancerindia.org.in/dos-and-donts/ | https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/index.htm