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Do you think we are born with cancer cells or do you think we always do something wrong to bring it on ?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Neither.

I believe that we are all born with the potential to develop cancer; whether we get cancer is probably multifactorial, the "perfect storm" of environmental and/or hereditary factors.
While it is true that many cancers are associated with habits within our control (tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, etc), I do not think that cancer is usually due to things that we have "done wrong".

In brief: Neither.

I believe that we are all born with the potential to develop cancer; whether we get cancer is probably multifactorial, the "perfect storm" of environmental and/or hereditary factors.
While it is true that many cancers are associated with habits within our control (tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, etc), I do not think that cancer is usually due to things that we have "done wrong".
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Agree with Dr. Rosen. Some people do "everything right" and get cancer. Some people do "everything wrong" and don't get cancer. Some are "weighted" with bad genes or genetic risk factors. However, we can modify many environmental risk factors such as diet, exercise, toxins (tobacco, alcohol), radiation exposure (sunlight), etc.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Some cancers in children we are born with.
Most cancers develop later in life and may have genetic predisposition that we are born with (not the cancer but the genetic abnormality). Then throughout life environmental factors play a causative role but not always. Smoking/drinking/ lack of exercise/what we eat/ exposures to chemicals and carcinogens will all play a possible role in causing cancer.

In brief: Sometimes

Some cancers in children we are born with.
Most cancers develop later in life and may have genetic predisposition that we are born with (not the cancer but the genetic abnormality). Then throughout life environmental factors play a causative role but not always. Smoking/drinking/ lack of exercise/what we eat/ exposures to chemicals and carcinogens will all play a possible role in causing cancer.
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