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What increases the chances of developing cancer?

Risk factors for cancer include: older age; lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol overuse, poor diet and a lack of physical activity; genetics and family history; viruses and other pathogens (for example, hepatitis B and C viruses and HPV can cause different cancers); chemical exposure - some chemicals such as cigarette smoke and asbestos are highly carcinogenic; radiation exposure (natural radiation such as UV rays from the sun, or man-made radiation from devices such as X-ray machines), and; a weakened immune system.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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