What causes any form of cancer in general?

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What causes any form of cancer in general?


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Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

There is still much controversy about the cause of cancer.

To my knowledge, the information I am providing is a general list of risk factors that can contribute to one's risk of getting cancer.

In many cases, the exact cause of cancer remains a mystery. We know that certain changes in our cells can cause cancer to start, but we don't yet know exactly how this happens

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer. Research does show that certain risk factors increase the chance that a person may develop cancer. This is a list of the most common risk factors.

"¢ Growing older

"¢ Tobacco

"¢ Sunlight

"¢ Radiation

"¢ Chemicals

"¢ Virus and bacteria

"¢ Hormones

"¢ Family history of cancer

"¢ Lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol, lack of activity, being overweight and poor diet

Some of these factors can be avoided others can not; however by knowing these risk factors, you could help protect yourself by avoiding some of the items listed.


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