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20 Ways to Cut Your Cancer risk

Most people are well aware of the substantial risks of cancer from tobacco smoke.  But do we also have to worry about acrylamide, a likely carcinogen in foods that's received a lot of press lately? Or about exposure to nickel, beryllium, and other industrial compounds? 

An estimated 5 to 10 per cent of cancer risk, lower than previously thought, stems from genetic factors.  Those with a strong family history of cancer can use that knowledge to focus on the particular risk factors to guard against.  It is possible, for example, that some people may be especially sensitive to low levels of carcinogens in foods, the environment, and consumer products.  And, because a lot of small risks can add up over a lifetime, it makes sense for everyone to try to avoid as many as possible. 

 

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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is the second most common reproductive cancer in women after endometrial cancer. Cancer occurs when cells undergo a transformation and begin to grow and multiply without normal controls. As the cells grow and multiply, they form masses called tumors. Ovarian cancer occurs when a tumor forms in one or both of a woman's ovaries.

Ovarian tumors are classified on the basis of the type of cell from which the abnormal growth originated.

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Obesity linked with higher risk of Cancer

A 2002 report issued by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that one-fifth to one-third of all breast, colon, endometrial, kidney and esophageal cancers can be related to overweight and obesity.

In a recent population study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 24, 2003), researchers conclude that overweight and obesity account for up to 14 percent of all cancer deaths in American men over 50 and 20 percent of all cancer deaths in American women over 50. The researchers estimated that more than 90,000 deaths from cancer per year could be avoided if all adults maintained a normal body weight throughout life.

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