A cancer is a hard indolent tumour, usually seated in some of the glands, as the armpits, eye, nose, lips, tongue, womb, and the female breast; the two last are most subject to it. It affects the aged more than the young, and may exist for years. It commences with a small hard tumour, increasing slowly, and attended with acute shooting pains; sooner or later ulceration sets in. The discharge is so acrid as to inflame the part with which it comes in contact. The place where cancer occurs assumes a purplish appearance previous to its ulceration. Ulceration gives ease for a time, but the cancer spreads deeper and spread wider, corrupting the stream of life, and reducing to the greatest debility, and often terminating in death.
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