Cancer Risk Factors

Cancers can involve many behavioral, environmental and genetic factors. Knowledge of these factors is useful because an individual can make healthful lifestyle choices, undergo closer monitoring or take pre-emptive measures. Some risk factors for cancer are uncontrollable, such as age, family history and medical history. Others can be changed, such as diet and tobacco use.

10 Ways to Lower Cancer Risk

10 Ways to Lower Cancer Risk

Research shows that weight, diet, and activity level affect cancer risk. Learn 10 steps you can take to lower your risk. Body fat, diet, and physical activity have a direct effect on your risk of cancer, according to research by the World Cancer Research Fund. This expert group of more than 100 scientists spent 5 …

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Risk Factors Cancer

Risk Factors for Cancer

Also called: Hereditary Cancer Syndromes Reviewed By:Martin E. Liebling, M.D., FACP Summary A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a specific disease. Cancer is not a single disease but a group of more than 100 different diseases. With so many types of cancer affecting various parts of the body, the …

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Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer

Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer

Also called: Occupational Factors Reviewed By:Mark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Environmental factors are among the leading contributors to cancer risk. Every day, the average person encounters or uses many potentially hazardous substances that may contribute to various forms of cancer. These include: Tobacco smoke Radiation Infectious agents such as certain viruses Toxic chemicals or wastes …

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Diet and Cancer

Diet and Cancer

Reviewed By:Mark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Good nutrition is beneficial for everyone. A healthy, balanced diet may reduce the risk of numerous diseases, including some forms of cancer. For example, diets low in saturated fat have been shown to decrease the risk for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. Over the years, researchers have conducted extensive …

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Age and Cancer Risk

Age and Cancer Risk

Reviewed By:Martin E. Liebling, M.D., FACP Summary The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that nearly 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2007. Age is a primary risk factor for the disease with about 77 percent of all cancers being diagnosed in people age 55 and older. As …

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