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A 52-year-old male asked:

how is cancer caused?

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Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Depends: While we are aware of some well established causes of cancer, like cigarettes, there is much that remains a mystery.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide.

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Does neoprene cause cancer?

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Dr. Paul Darby
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Not likely.: Neoprene is the trade name of polychloroprene, a rubber-like polymer made by chemically treating chloroprene (2-chloro-1, 3-butadiene) so that each molecule hooks up to another in long chains. Chloroprene is considered possibly carcinogenic to humans, but virtually all the chloroprene is used up in the conversion to the polymer. The amount left behind is probably too miniscule to pose any risk.
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Can cancer cause seizures?

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DEPENDS: Only if the cancer has spread to the brain then there might be a risk for seizures.
A 19-year-old male asked:

What causes tonsil cancer?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor.
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Does nailpolish cause cancer?

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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: When used on nails or skin it has no known risk. If ingested on a regular basis it could feasibly cause many sorts of problems, but this is not studied obviously.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can earrings cause cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You decide: Don't get your ears pierced until you're very sure it's what you want and know you're not a keloid former. The fact that many people get keloids from this gave rise to the myth that it "causes cancer" -- keloids aren't cancer but are troublesome.

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