You've heard of brain cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer...the list goes on. If it exists in the human body, it can get cancer. Why, then, do you never hear about someone getting heart cancer? Heart cancer is rare, but not impossible. It happens so infrequently that the American Cancer Society doesn't even list it as its own cancer in their annual statistics—it's under the umbrella of "soft tissue" cancers, which had 12,310 cases in 2016. Compare that to breast cancer, which reached nearly 300,000 cases. The Mayo Clinic reports seeing only one case of heart cancer per year.
Why Is Heart Cancer So Rare?
Heart cells aren't like the cells in your lungs or skin. Find out how they're different.
What Is Cancer?
You hear about cancer all the time, but do you know exactly how it works? Find out in this video.
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Bet you didn't know that your heart generates enough pressure to squirt blood nine meters away.
Key Facts In This Video
Your heart can physically break. 00:27
Two hearts can synch up and beat at the same time. 01:41
Women's hearts beat faster. 02:09
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