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Can you tell me how cancer causing agents usually lead to cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Mutate genes: A few of them caused greatly increased cell turnover instead which is the fertile soil in which mutations caused by other agents can be expressed. Remembering that all true cancers are mutagens is a good way to tell which "things that cause cancer" in media / pop reports are probably true (radiation, smoking, mutagenic chemicals) and which ones are bogus / statistical flukes / scare talk.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the ways that cancer causing agents usually lead to cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Dna damage: That is either not repaired, or repaired incorrectly. Cell division replicates the mistake, and leads to more errors.
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 29 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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