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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 chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

... But risk factors don't tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several
risk factors, doesn't mean that you will get the disease. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-chroniclymphocyticcll/detailedguide/leukemia-chronic-lymphocytic-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for breast 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 brain and spinal cord tumors? ...

... But there are a few factors that can raise ... The best known environmental risk
factor for brain tumors is ... For example, before the risks of radiation were ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/braincnstumorsinadults/detailedguide/brain-and-spinal-cord-tumors-in-adults-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?

... 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/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal ...

... to asbestos is an important risk factor for lung ... is likely because the main risk
factors − smoking and ... common among women, their risks for these ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/laryngealandhypopharyngealcancer/detailedguide/laryngeal-and-hypopharyngeal-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

... hard to know how much that risk factor may have ... of the highest colorectal cancer
risks of any ... mutations leading to an increased risk of colorectal ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-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 basal and squamous cell skin ...

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

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-basalandsquamouscell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-basal-and-squamous-cell-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for liver cancer?

... But risk factors don't tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several
risk factors, does not mean that you will get the disease. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-risk-factors