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Do athletes get cancer at approximately the same frequency as the general public? why?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Cancer in athletes: There are a few studies that suggest that athletes have a lower risk of cancer. This is likely related to lifestyle differences with the general population--less tobacco use, less obesity, possibly dietary differences. These are all factors that are known to impact cancer risk.

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