Cancer etiology genetic or environmental

Cancer aetiology-genetic or environmental
In order to prevent what is going to kill you, you need to know what those factors are. Lets zero in on Canada’s number one killer cancer -When you search Canadian vital statistics lets consider the latest figures which I reviewed- those for the year 2011. There were 246,596 deaths. Statistics Canada divided their population into 4 age groups: 1-24, 25-44, 45-64, and 65 years and over, and found that the percentage of cancer deaths were 10%, 21%, 44% and 28% respectively. Not surprising cancer was the our number one cause of death in all 4 age groups. But what surprised me was that cancer caused 10% of the 2679 deaths in the youngest age group. Most oncologists estimate that only 10-20% of cancers are genetically determined, with the rest due to environmental factors with diet responsible for 35%, and tobacco 25%(at least for males.with the percentage in females rapidly approaching the same figure). It is also well documented that the main reason for the higher cancer deaths in those 45 and over for lung cancer and possibly also for the other environmental factors like diet and radiation is due to the so called lag period. If this hypothesis for the mechanism of environmental carcinogenesis applies then genetically determined cancers in the 1-24 age group should be responsible for more cancer deaths with fewer from environmental such as by food, smoking ,radiation, etc. Such information may give the oncologists,epidemiologists, and genetic counselling specialists new tools for their management of this major killer.
Posted 4 days ago by Dr. Semeon B. Hrushovetz

Author: Semeon Hrushovetz

Retired Physician, Researcher, Lifelong Learner. Promoting healthy aging and life extension. Visit: http://docSamblog.blogspot.ca -and- http://docsam.ca

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