“Many Cancers Due to ‘Bad Luck’ Mutations”

For decades we have been told, “Nearly half of cancers diagnosed each year are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things.”  For example, in the UK, tobacco is the biggest culprit, causing 23% of cases in men and 15.6% in women. Additionally, prolonged periods of inactivity (sedentary jobs or hobbies) is the new equivalent of smoking when it comes to cancer causation.  Also, high on the causation list is a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in men’s diets, while for women it is being overweight.  New predictions are now saying, “More than half of all people born in 1960 will develop cancer at some point in their lives.  This new estimate replaces the previous figure, calculated using a different method, which predicted that more than one in three people would develop cancer at some point in their lives.”  The increase in lifetime risk is believed to be primarily because more people are surviving into old age, where cancer is more common.

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