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A 50-year-old member asked:

how to tell if i am at risk for cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes, you R at risk.: And so am I. Insofar as you are alive, you can get cancer. You may reduce the risk of getting it by living a healthy lifestyle (avoid tobacco, exercise regularly, eat well, etc.) and reduce the risk of dying of cancer by getting screenings appropriate for your age and risk. Talk to your doc about this. Other than that, there's nothing else to do. Enjoy life, my friend. Don't live in fear.

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Can you tell me if this type of cancer is avoidable by not smoking or drinking?

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Can you please tell me why doing anything seems to reduce or increase risk of cancer?

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Media junk: Studies looking at correlations are suspect because of confounding variables (most runners don't smoke), recall bias ("i must have been around power lines for junior to get cancer") and lying (burger-eaters might lie about fitness habits). Junk (including epa) work on animals uses preposterous amounts of chemicals making anything cause cancer. All this makes us real-science people angry too.

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