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Why is cancer so common?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Longer lives

If you control for the fact that we're living longer, smoking more (lung cancer) and women aren't always pregnantor nursing (breast cancer), cancer is no more common nowadays than it ever was.
Cancer results from accumulation of genetic mutations over time. We're also diagnosing it more often; in the old days, people "just died", especially children. It's not due to modern times.

In brief: Longer lives

If you control for the fact that we're living longer, smoking more (lung cancer) and women aren't always pregnantor nursing (breast cancer), cancer is no more common nowadays than it ever was.
Cancer results from accumulation of genetic mutations over time. We're also diagnosing it more often; in the old days, people "just died", especially children. It's not due to modern times.
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