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I was wondering what are a few of the most common ways people can get cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Bad habits: According to acs data, one third of cancer deaths are related to tobacco products and another third to lifestyle choices (poor diet, obesity, no exercise). Add those associated to viruses acquired carelessly and there you go. People in this country have to take control of their lives and accept that what we do (or don't) carries consequences. Government, doctors, or class action lawsuit...
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
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...commercials are no substitute to common sense and healthy living. Now excuse me while I get off the soapbox...
Jan 5, 2014

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Which type of cancer is the most common for people to get?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
In the US...: ...In men: prostate, lung, colorectal, and bladder cancer are most common. ...In women: breast, lung, colorectal, and uterine cancer are most common. The sad reality is that, if you live long enough, there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will develop cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. Rosen in the list of lethal cancers, though skin cancers are commoner but not as lethal.
Aug 19, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are ways to keep myself from getting cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Do your best: There is no sure shot way to keep cancer away but as i recall, two thirds of cancer deaths can be prevented by avoiding tobacco products, eating well, exercising, and avoiding high-risk lifestyles. Also, you should get age and risk appropriate screening tests and regular exams by your doc. If you have a strong family history, you may need to visit a specialist in this field. Best to you.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How common is it to be afraid of getting cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Of course...: ....Especially if you have gone through the sad experience of seeing a loved one suffer and die of it, but it should be awareness, not fear. Do your best to live healthy and get your screenings on time. It will not protect you against all cancers but uncertainty is the fabric of existence. Have a nice stroll by the riverwalk and enjoy the gift of life. You can't live in fear.
A 49-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are some common types of cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends on Gender: In men it is prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. In women it is breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. That make 4 common cancers which account for 50% of all cancers. Other relatively common ones include pancreas, bladder and lymphomas.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Am i more likely to get cancer than other people?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Do you smoke?: This is the overriding factor that will make you more likely to get cancer than the next person. Other factors you can control are sun exposure and hpv; if diet is actually a risk, scientists have had much more difficulty demonstrating it. A few genetic cancer syndromes are known; your physician can advise you. The key is early detection no matter what you risk to save your life.

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