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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are my chances to get cancer if i smoked hookah for 8 months once a week (with friends so not all the hookah), and stopped a year ago ?

What are my chances to get cancer if i smoked hookah for 8 months once a week (with friends so not all the hookah), and stopped a year ago ?

Very low: But it is great that you are aware of the dangers of smoking. In general, and the correlation with cancer. The longer the exposure more risk not only with cancer induction, but with cardiovascular disease, etc.

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What is the chance that I will get cancer from smoking?

What is the chance that I will get cancer from smoking?

Pretty good.: There are 42 carcinogens in a cigarette. One is bound to get you.

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What is the chance that I will get cancer from smoking?

What is the chance that I will get cancer from smoking?

Risk is dose-related: While smoking clearly significantly increases the risk of several cancers, not all smokers get cancer. Some die of coronary artery disease (due to smoking) before they develop cancer. The harm of smoking is dose-related: the more packs per day, and the more years smoked, the greater the risk.

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Hi docs! wondering what ages should I get tested for what type cancers?

Hi docs! wondering what ages should I get tested for what type cancers?

Ask your doctor: A good and thorough physical exam is a good start to your evaluation. Depending on your lifestyle and habits, and your physical findings, your doctor will be able to address your concerns more specifically.

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What types of people get skin cancer?

What types of people get skin cancer?

All skin types: Anyone can get a skin cancer but there's higher risk for fairer skin complexion and increased sun exposure. Genetics plays an important role so if skin cancer runs in the family that puts you at higher risk. As more people live longer and spend more time in the sun, there will be increasing incidence of skin cancer. The U.S. Is currently having higher rates of skin cancer and will continue to incr.

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Which type of cancer can female teens get?

Which type of cancer can female teens get?

Several types...: Cancer is not common in teenagers, but when young people are diagnosed with malignancies there are some types that are seen more commonly than others. These include: leukemias / lymphomas (certain blood cancers), brain tumors, germ cell tumors, and some sarcomas. Hope that is information is helpful.

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What are chances that son will get cancer if dad had it?

What are chances that son will get cancer if dad had it?

Depends on the ca: Some cancers are hereditary, ie. Seen more frequently if it runs in the family, like breast ca, colon ca, some gyn ca, etc. Some really have no genetic component, and strike out of the blue, wheras others like lung ca have obvious causes (smoking!) discuss with your doctor if you have specific concerns about your family.

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I'm 21 , my grandpa, uncle and grandma died from cancer but different types so wt are my chances and when I should do my cancer test?

I'm 21 , my grandpa, uncle and grandma died from cancer but different types so wt are my chances and when I should do my cancer test?

It depends: There are cancer genes that can increase the risk for family members. A geneticist can obtain a detailed family history and recommend if any testing needs to be done to evaluate for an increased cancer risk.

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What are the different types of oral cancer you can get?

What are the different types of oral cancer you can get?

A lot: There are cancers of the tongue, the lips, the cheek and many more, ask your dentist to check you every year.

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