Health conditions

Cancer

Important information about cancer and screening during COVID-19

All cancer treatment and screening programs continue to operate in WA. The WA Department of Health will continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on health services.

If you are due for a screening test or have any questions, contact your GP or healthcare provider.

Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. The body is constantly making new cells to replace worn-out ones, to grow, or to heal itself after an injury.

Normally cells grow and reproduce themselves in an orderly way. Occasionally, however, some cells reproduce themselves in an uncontrolled way and these abnormal cells may grow into a lump that is called a tumour. Tumours can be benign (not a cancer) or malignant (a cancer).

It is important to understand that cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment.

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