Doctors often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and another does not. But my little online research shows that certain risk factors increase the chance that a person will develop cancer. These are the most common risk factors for cancer:
Growing older, Tobacco, Sunlight, Ionizing radiation, Certain chemicals and other substances, Some viruses and bacteria, Certain hormones, Family history of cancer, Alcohol, Poor diet, lack of physical activity, or being overweight.
Many of these risk factors can be avoided. Others, such as family history, cannot be avoided. People can help protect themselves by staying away from known risk factors whenever possible, but also have in mind that Cancer is NOT contagious.
*Cancer causes more deaths every year than deaths caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
*The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2010, 569,490 died from cancer in the United States.
*WHO estimates that about 40% of all cancers are preventable by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and not using tobacco
*Leukemia cancers make up 25% of all childhood cancers, affecting around 2,200 in the United States each year.
*It is estimated that nine million people will die from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million will die in 2030, showing an expected increase in number of people with cancer.
*Not using tobacco is the best way to prevent certain cancers such as lung, throat, mouth, pancreas, bladder, stomach, liver, and kidney.
*Second hand smoke can cause lung cancer.
*About 75% of cancer cases are caused by environmental factors such as radiation, tobacco, diet, and infectious diseases.
*One new case of prostate cancer arises every two and a half minutes. Every 17 minutes, a man dies from prostate cancer.
*Lung cancer is the most fatal of all the cancers, followed by prostate cancer
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