Why was cancer called cancer?

Natalya Vavilova
Natalya Vavilova
February 20, 2013
Why was cancer called cancer?

One of the most merciless diseases of our time is cancer. And although doctors often successfully cure him, real and effective prevention has not yet been invented. In fact, the prevention of the disease can only be called a regular examination, which will provide an opportunity to identify the "germ" of the problem.

Why was cancer called cancer? This name is so well-established that it does not occur to some people to find out why the disease has such a name.

It is known that this term was also introduced by Hippocrates, since the malignant tumor in its appearance reminded him of a crab. In ancient Greek, the name of this disease sounds "carcinoma." It is believed that Hippocrates called cancer cancer, because it claws like a claw into healthy tissue.