Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman


  • Elizabeth FranzmannEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_162-2



Carcinoma includes malignancies that begin in the lining or covering of organs.


According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI 2018), carcinoma is the most common category of cancer and includes malignancies that begin in the lining or covering of organs. Other cancer categories include sarcomas that begin in connective or supportive tissue such as muscle and bone, leukemias which start in blood-forming tissues, lymphoma and myelomas which originate in the immune system, and central nervous system tumors which include malignancies that start in the brain and spinal cord (NCI 2018). Nonmelanoma skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell, are the most common carcinomas in the United States (NCI 2018). Other carcinomas involving the prostate, breast, and lung are the next most common (American Cancer Society [ACS] 2018). Carcinoma, like any cancer, is characterized by dysregulated growth and uncontrolled...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology/Division of Head and NeckMiller School of Medicine, University of MiamiMiamiUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Frank J. Penedo
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  1. 1.Departments of Medical Social Sciences, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA