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A 32-year-old member asked:

Why do some people get cancer and others in the family dont?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Gentics and : Environment. Cancers are complex diseases and arise from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Both genes and environment differ for even members of the same family. Not only cancers but other diseases affect different members differently due to variations in genetic makeup, diet, occupation etc.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Why are some people more likely to get cancer than others?

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Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecologic Oncology 37 years experience
Genes vs environment: Some of us have better genetic protection than others. A few cancers are purely bad luck because you inherit specific genes. The majority are related to your environment and lifestyle/diet choices and a balance of "good" cancer suppressor genes and "bad" promoter genes. Some folks make better lifestyle/diet choices than others and some have more suppressor genes. Read more about "epigenetics".
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are some people more prone to cancer than others?

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Dr. Scott Moon
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Definitely...: There are many genetic conditions that predispose affected individuals to developing cancers. (angelina jolie for example).
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why are some people more cancer prone than others?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Yes: Certain patients are more likely to get cancers than others. It is well known that there are certain genetic symdromes such as neurofibromatosis or li-fraumeni that lead to an increased incidence of brain tumors. Women who have a blood relative with breast cancer are at increased risk. Furthermore, a strong history of polyposis of the colon leads to an increased risk and thus more screenings.
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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Last updated Jul 28, 2012

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