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** Does cancer hurt, and which types might I survive: The 20 things you
always needed to know about the disease but were too embarrassed to ask

*UPDATED:* 16:09, 10 October 2010




When you or someone close is diagnosed with cancer, you may want to know
everything about the disease. But perhaps you do not know what questions to
ask – or feel that you should know the answers already.

Alison Boyd, the Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse Specialist at the
London Clinic Cancer Centre, who provides information and support to
patients diagnosed with cancer and their families, answers some commonly
asked questions.

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How many different types of cancer are there?

About 200, but some are rarer than others. Does cancer hurt? This depends
on where you have it. With the majority of cancers, people do not
experience pain as a first symptom.

The cancer cells themselves are not painful, but when they


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