- Wednesday marks World Cancer Day
- Laura Esserman: Old label for cancer is imprecise and engenders needless fear
- She says proper labeling would offer patients least invasive, most effective treatment options
Dr. Laura Esserman is the director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)One of the most common misconceptions about cancer is that it is one disease. Most people think of cancer as something that will automatically kill you if left alone, but there are so many variations of the disease that this is actually not a given. Every "cancer" is different.