It has long been established that current or former smokers under 50 years of age are at a much higher risk of cancer than their non-smoking counterparts. However, a recent health news release suggests another factor that may also play a significant role in cancer risk. Doctors are working to define subgroups within the population that could benefit from enhanced screening.
This was according to the Senior Vice President of Population Science at the American Cancer Society and lead study author, Dr. Alpa Patel. He said these results were necessary to inform future screening options, which would help develop additional preventive interventions.
Their findings were published on August 3, 2022, and have made waves in the medical community. At Ehline Law, we represent and help patients decide whether they need to sue for being exposed to known carcinogens that result in them being diagnosed with cancer. Call us now at (833) LETS-SUE, and talk to one of our experienced lawyers.
The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society studies have been focused on identifying the highest cancer risk factors to help patients with preventive interventions. Their data shows the two most significant factors for cancer risk, which are older age and smoking.
Some cancer risk factors are significantly higher in current smokers compared to those who have never smoked before. These cancer risks were compounded in overweight, long-term smokers who had a sibling, parent, or child with a history of cancer.
One of the most interesting findings of the research was the significant role played by old age in increasing cancer risk. This is a key factor that has been generally overlooked, with researchers focusing on other possible causes.
According to researchers, the absolute risk was as high as 2% in most people who are over the age of 50. This is a huge jump compared to never-smokers under 50 who maintained a relatively healthy lifestyle.
However, besides the two major risks mentioned above, other factors, such as the personal history of cancer, need to be considered. These risks are different for men and women, with men showing a much higher absolute five-year risk of 29% compared to 25% for women.
In men, the following risks are important:
Women need to watch out for the followings risks:
Four hundred thirty thousand participants with no personal history of cancer were used in two American Cancer Society studies, in which researchers analyzed their risk of developing cancer over five years.
A total of 15,226 cancers were diagnosed during that time, with results showing that the risk was much higher in older smokers with a high amount of body fat.
Future tests for multi-cancer early detection can save lives within the general population if these results are put to great use. This is why screening recommendations must be based on a wider range of risks other than smoking, excess body fat, family history, and age.
To reduce the risk of cancer, you need to:
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