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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 04/07/2006
  • Reviewed: 11/04/2010

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Cancer: Inside and Outside Factors

Cancer is a renegade system of growth inside the human body. The changes that must occur inside for cancer to flourish are genetic changes, but factors outside the body also play a role.

Humans do not exist in contaminant-free surroundings. Over a lifetime, a person's internal genetic makeup persistently interacts with external factors. Factors outside the body such as diet, smoking, alcohol use, hormone levels, or exposures to certain viruses and cancer-linked chemicals (carcinogens) over time may collectively conspire with internal genetic mutations to destabilize normal checks and balances on growth and maturation. (Please see Understanding Cancer for more information.)

Cancer: Inside and Outside Factors