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Some factors could increase the risk of cancer, which are called risk factors. Indeed, cancer is not attributable to a single cause. The transformation of a normal cell into a cancerous cell is a long process which involves a lot of factors. Most people don't realize that cancer is preventable in many cases. Learning what causes cancer and what are the risk factors is the first step to cancer prevention. There are many risk factors such as

  • General: Age and heredity (family history of cancer)
  • Behavioural: Smoking and unhealthily and sedentary lifestyle
  • Environmental: passive smoking, inhaling an air polluted by potential carcinogenic agents etc

The best way to prevent cancer is to understand what causes cancer, know the risk factors and try avoid them factors. The most common risk factors for cancer:

However, a weak risk does not mean that you will never have cancer, but it will be less likely. On the other hand, a person with high risk will not develop necessarily a cancer but will have more chances to have one. What is certain is that your lifestyle as well as your life's or work's environment will have a positive or a negative effect on the risks of having a cancer.

The most common risk factors are:

- Tobacco
- Alcohol
- Food
- Age and heredity
- Environment
- Hormones
- Infectious agents
- Sun
- Medicines