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What are the chances that the average will get some type of cancer?

What are the chances that the average will get some type of cancer?

40-50%: It depends what resource you look at but estimates are around 45% for men and about 40% for women that you will get some type of cancer over your lifetime. The variation in numbers is often related to what is exactly included in the definition of cancer (i.e. Invasive disease only or if in situ disease is included as well). ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What makes people get certain types of cancer?

What makes people get certain types of cancer?

Complicated question: The causes of cancers are many and varied. The question cannot be answered simply. Enviromental and genetic factors play roles, and cancer is more common as we age. Many times we are just not sure why people get cancer. ...Read more

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What are different types of cancer you can get?

What are different types of cancer you can get?

Name an Organ...: Cancer may develop in just about any organ in the body, with the most frequent sites including the skin, breast, prostate, lung, colon, uterus, thyroid, head and neck, kidney, bladder, brain, bone, blood cells, lymph nodes, stomach, pancreas, liver, esophagus to name but a few. ...Read more

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What are the different types of ways to get cancer?

What are the different types of ways to get cancer?

Many known causes an: Cancer can be caused by many known and some unknown causes. The known causes are smoking or tobacco chewing. Alcohol is also a cancer causing agent especailly when combined with smoking. There are some virus infections like hepatiits-b and c can cause liver cancer, . Cervix cancer is caused by hpv. Hiv infection besides causing aids can cause many other cancers. ...Read more

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Which type of cancer is the most common for people to get?

Which type of cancer is the most common for people to get?

In the US...: ...In men: prostate, lung, colorectal, and bladder cancer are most common. ...In women: breast, lung, colorectal, and uterine cancer are most common. The sad reality is that, if you live long enough, there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will develop cancer. ...Read more

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What is the chances of a 23yo female to get cancer at this age?

What is the chances of a 23yo female to get cancer at this age?

Low: Low chances overall, but possible. Family history of cancer may increase the likelihood of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting cancer? How many people get it?

What are the chances of getting cancer? How many people get it?

It's common: Minor skin cancers are usually easily managed and light-skinned people who get a lot of unprotected sunlight can almost expect these. Older folks are at greater risk than younger. Lifetime risk of a serious cancer is 40%, risk of dying is 20%, but this is higher or lower depending on your using tobacco and your family history. ...Read more

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I have sps is there a chance ill end up with some kind of cancer if so what type?

I have sps is there a chance ill end up with some kind of cancer if so what type?

SPS NO CHANCE OF CAN: If you mean you have stiff person syndromes, which a neurological progressive condition, it does not end up with some kind of cancer discuss your case with a neurologist about the prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the average survival percentages of an american adult with the most common types of cancer?

Widely variable: There is such a huge range among different kinds of cancer, and the cancer stage. Would be happy to try to answer if you resubmit with more detail. ...Read more

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I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

Depends...: I sorry to hear your siblings have cancer. Cancer clearly has a genetic component that is often heritable, but it is not straightforward. It really depends on the type, and timing, of the cancers. If you are concerned, see your physician who can refer you to a specialist in cancer, or if there is a suspicion you might have a familial cancer syndrome, a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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