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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what is the most common cause of cancer?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Tobacco: There are many things that can contribute to the develpment of cancers, and each type of cancer has unique risks. The number one cause of cancer death for adult men and adult women in the U.S. Is lung cancer. Lung cancer is caused by smoking. Tobacco products are not glamorous, they are lethal.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Tell me the most common types of cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
See below: Prostate, breast, lung, colorectal, melanoma (skin), and bladder cancer are the most common types. A full list is published at: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/types/commoncancers.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are common late stage symptoms of cancer?

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Dr. Bates Moses
Palliative Care 24 years experience
Check hospice sites: Some hospice sites give guidance on the dying process which is seen in late stage (or end stage) cancer or any other disease process. Quick search found this site: http://www.Hospicefoundation.Org/deathsigns. Common early findings include irreversible anorexia, weight loss, fatigue, lethargy, and so on. These all indicate that the body is slowly shutting down, especially if no reversible causes.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what are/is the most common causes of cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Viruses: Most of the common canceres are acquired. Breast cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma are usually associated with and mmtv infection. Hepatoma from the hep c virus. Stomach cancere from helicobacter pylori, cervix cancer from hpv.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How common are substances that cause cancer in the environment?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Very Common: Cancer-causing substances include uv radiation from the sun, radon, chemicals from agricultural that get into the water supply, certain types of plastics like bpa, and many others. A report from the president's cancer panel gives more details. Go to: http://deainfo.Nci.Nih.Gov/advisory/pcp/annualreports/pcp08-09rpt/pcp_report_08-09_508.Pdf.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Help please? What is the most common cause of cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Smoking: The best single decision that a person can make to protect themself from cancer is choosing not to smoke. If minor skin cancers are included, the most common cause would be sunlight exposure.
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