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what is the definition or description of: risk factor?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
See below: Risk factors are things that are linked to various diseases. Some are genetic - if your mother has breast cancer, you are at increased risk for getting it. Many are controllable: diet and diabetes, smoking and many diseases. Some are based on gender: women are at much higher risk of breast cancer and thyroidi. Some are racial: black men are at higher risk of prostate cancer than white men.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 19 years experience
Disease predictors : Risk factors are circumstances or behaviours which increases the probability of disease occurring. In dentistry, smoking is a major risk factor for increasing the likelihood of periodontal disease.

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