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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 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 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 myelomonocytic leukemia ...

... But people without any risk factors can still get the disease. And having a risk
factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-chronicmyelomonocyticcmml/detailedguide/leukemia-chronic-myelomonocytic-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?

... UV) rays is a major risk factor for most ... For example, the risk for melanoma in
congenital nevi ... bathing trunk nevi”) have significantly higher risks. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

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

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-hodgkinlymphoma/detailedguide/non-hodgkin-lymphoma-risk-factors

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

... hard to know how much that risk factor might 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