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risk factor

anything that is related to a person’s chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Some risk factors have a direct role in causing cancer, but in other cases the risk may be due to something else that goes along with the risk factor. For example, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is linked to higher risk of lung cancer, but this is because both can be caused by smoking. Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, excess exposure to sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer; smoking is a risk factor for lung, mouth, throat, and other cancers. Some risk factors, such as smoking, can be controlled. Others, like a person’s age, can’t be changed. See also gene, mutation.

What are the risk factors for non-small cell lung cancer?

... to asbestos fibers is an important risk factor for lung ... who also smoke, the lung
cancer risk is much greater than even adding the risks from these ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for breast cancer? | American Cancer ...

... a woman is the main risk factor for developing ... her doctor after weighing the
possible risks and benefits ... and the woman's other risk factors for heart ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for Hodgkin disease?

... a person more likely to develop Hodgkin disease (although it's not always
clear why these factors increase risk). But having a risk factor, or even ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/hodgkindisease/detailedguide/hodgkin-disease-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia?

... to high levels of benzene is a risk factor for AML. ... The risk varies based on the
amount of radiation ... The possible risks of leukemia from exposure to ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-acutemyeloidaml/detailedguide/leukemia-acute-myeloid-myelogenous-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for ovarian cancer?

... hard to know how much that risk factor may have ... drugs, you should discuss
the potential risks with your ... infertile may be at higher risk (compared to ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for pancreatic cancer? | American ...

... be changed. But having a risk factor, or even several risk factors, does
not mean that you will get the disease. And many ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for cervical cancer?

... Although these risk factors increase the odds of developing ... many women with
these risks do not ... with certainty that a particular risk factor was the ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/detailedguide/cervical-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia?

... A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such
as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/waldenstrommacroglobulinemia/detailedguide/waldenstrom-macroglobulinemia-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for chronic myeloid leukemia?

... But risk factors are rarely absolute. Having a risk factor, or even several
risk factors, does not mean that you will get the disease. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-chronicmyeloidcml/detailedguide/leukemia-chronic-myeloid-myelogenous-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

... high levels of radiation is a risk factor for both ... The risk seems to be higher if
chemotherapy and ... The possible risks of leukemia from being exposed ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-acutelymphocyticallinadults/detailedguide/leukemia-acute-lymphocytic-risk-factors