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Science Surgery: ‘Does having had cancer make you more likely to develop it again?’

Anne Li

Tommy asked Cancer Research UK: “Does having had one type of cancer (and cured) make you more susceptible to getting any other type?” To begin answering this question, you have to know the difference between second cancers, which this relates to, and secondary cancers. Second cancers are those that develop after a person has already had one cancer, and the two diseases are unrelated. Secondary cancers are where a person’s cancer comes back or spreads to another part of the body.

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