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Most cancer cases due to lifestyle choices, not ‘bad luck’, study suggests

The diagnosis of cancer in any individual brings about a scary and difficult time for not only the persons diagnosed, but their loved ones. It’s the kind of news no family wants to receive. When the diagnosis has been confirmed, it’s often referred to as a “bad luck”. But a new study by researchers at Stony Brook University links between 70 and 90 percent of cancer cases to “avoidable lifestyle choices like exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals.” What’s particularly interesting about this newest study is that it directly “challenges findings published in the journal Science earlier this year that suggested cancer cases are due to ‘bad luck’”. Stony Brook researcher Yusuf Hannun and his team found that in almost of their tests, a certain level of exposure to carcinogens was needed to “trigger cancer”. A mathematician for Science’s original study argued that the Stony Brook research “doesn’t account for certain characteristics of tumor growth.” Despite the differing opinions, cancer and public health experts agree on one thing, “your lifetime risk of lung adenocarcinoma drops dramatically” if you aren’t a smoker. While there are of course differing opinions from experts on both sides, it seems clear that avoiding toxic chemicals is still vitally important to staying healthy.

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