Risk Factors of Cancer

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Introduction[✎ edit | edit source]

Cancer risk factors include anything that increases a persons chance of getting a disease. Age, sex, family history are non‐ modifiable risk factors. Other cancer causing factors may be present in the environment. Life style can affect the exposure to risk factors For example, comsumption of tobacco and alcohol, diet, and exposure to the sun are related to lifestyle. Having a risk factor for cancer means that a person is more likely to develop the disease at some point in their life. However, one or more risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean that a person will definitely get cancer. Main risk factor for cancer is age.


Main enviromental risk factors[✎ edit | edit source]

Smoking accounts for 30% of cancers. Tobacco, diet, chemicals and radiation account for 75% of cancers in USA.


Lung cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

Smoking is the most significant risk factor for lunc cancer. A lifetime smoker has a 20‐30 times high risk than a non smoker. Smoking increases the risk of all histological types of lung cancer. Passive exposure to tobacco smoke increases risk by 15‐20%. Occupational exposure to asbestos ( lung cancer and mesothelioma), metals (nickel, arsenic, cadmium), radon (alpha emitter) and ionising radiation are also significant causes of lung cancer.


Breast cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

There is decreased risk if breast feeding and young when pregnant. Alcohol, tobacco and radiation, increase risk. Risk increases with decreaseing age at menarche, inccreasing age at first pregnancy, and increasing age at menopause. Hormonal status‐ increase risk decreasing age at menarche. Genetic predisposition is a risk factor. The genes associated with breast cancer are BRCA1 andBRCA2. Having one first degree relative increases risk by 80%. Having two first degree relatives increases risk by 300%.


Colorectal cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

Risk factors include obesity, lack of physical activity, diet high in animal fat, lack of fibre, adenomatous polyps of colon.


Stomach cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

Risk factors are H. Pylori and raw meat (in Japan).


Liver cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

Risk factors include chronic hepatitis B and C, contamination of food by aflatoxins (fungi), infection with liver flukes.


Cervical cancer[✎ edit | edit source]

Rish factors include persistent Human Papilloma Virus infection and smoking.


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Bibliography[✎ edit | edit source]

  • BENCKO, Vladimir. Hygiene and Epidemiology : Selected Chapters. First edition. 2011. ISBN 978-80-246-0793-1.
  • KUMAR, Vinay. Pathological basis of disease. Eigth edition. 2010. ISBN 978-80-246-0793-1.

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