Questions and Answers About Cancer - Part 3

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What is the treatment of cancer?

Cancer treatment can be done by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, used alone or combined, depending on the cell type of the organ of origin and the degree of tumor invasion.



Who is at risk of developing cancer?

Any person. Since the occurrence of cancer increases with age, most cases present in adults of middle age or older. The relative risk measures the relationship between risk factors and cancer. He compares the risk of cancer develop in people with certain exposure or trait to the risk observed in those people without such exposure or characteristic. For example, smokers have a 10 times higher relative risk of developing lung cancer compared to nonsmokers. Most relative risks do not have that dimension. For example, women with a first-degree family history of breast cancer (disease occurrence in mother, sister or daughter) are about two times higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who do not have this family history .

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