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is cancer hereditary? is cancer genetic? if you parents or grandparents have/had it, are you more likely to get it?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes. : Yes. If cancer runs in your family, then you have a higher risk for developing cancer. Other things that can increase your risk is gender, age, lifestyle and environment, sunlight exposure, diet and alcohol/tobacco use. Observe a healthy lifestyle to decrease your chances of getting cancer.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
See below: Cancer is genetic but not necessarily hereditary. Having family history of cancer puts you at greater risk and you should discuss it with your doctor. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, if you do, and get HPV vaccine, if you are younger than 45-years. Wish you good health!
Answered on Oct 29, 2018

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