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Though it's difficult to say why some people develop cancer while others don't, research shows that certain risk factors increase a person's odds of developing cancer. These risk factors include growing older, family history of cancer, diet, alcohol and tobacco use, and exposure to sunlight, ionizing radiation, certain chemicals, and some viruses and bacteria.

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      Bladder Cancer Article
      • Bladder cancer facts
      • What is the bladder?
      • What are the layers of the bladder?
      • What is bladder cancer?
      • What is the burden of bladder cancer in the U.S.?
      • What are the types of bladder cancer?
      • What are bladder cancer causes and risk factors?
      • What are bladder cancer symptoms and signs?
      • How is bladder cancer diagnosed?
      • How is bladder cancer staging determined?
      • What is bladder cancer grading?
      • What is transurethral surgery (TURBT) for bladder cancer?
      • What is the treatment for superficial bladder cancer?
      • What is surveillance for bladder cancer?
      • What is the treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer?
      • What is chemotherapy for bladder cancer?
      • What is the prognosis for bladder cancer?
      • Can bladder cancer be prevented?
      • Where can people find more information on bladder cancer?
      • What research is being done on bladder cancer?
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      Bone Cancer Article
      • What is bone cancer? What is metastatic bone cancer?
      • What are risk factors for bone cancer?
      • What causes bone cancer?
      • What are bone cancer symptoms and signs?
      • What are the different types of bone cancer?
      • What kinds of bone cancer occur in children?
      • What tests are used to diagnose bone cancer?
      • What is the treatment for bone cancer?
      • What specialists treat bone cancer?
      • Are there any treatments or medications that relieve bone cancer pain?
      • What is the prognosis for bone cancer? What is the five-year survival rate for bone cancer?
      • Is it possible to prevent bone cancer?
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      Brain Tumor Article
      • Brain tumor facts*
      • What is the brain?
      • What are the tumor grades and types?
      • Tumor grade
      • Types of primary brain tumors
      • What are the risk factors for brain tumors?
      • What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
      • How are brain tumors diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a brain tumor?
      • What type of surgery is available for brain tumors?
      • Radiation therapy for brain tumors
      • Chemotherapy for brain tumors
      • What about a second opinion for brain tumor treatment?
      • Nutrition during brain tumor treatment
      • What supportive care is available for patients and caregivers?
      • What about rehabilitation after brain tumor treatment?
      • What about follow-up care after brain tumor treatment?
      • Sources of support
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      Breast Cancer Article
      • Breast cancer facts
      • What is breast cancer?
      • What are the different types of breast cancer?
      • What are the statistics on male breast cancer?
      • What causes breast cancer?
      • What are breast cancer risk factors?
      • What are breast cancer symptoms and signs?
      • How do physicians diagnose breast cancer?
      • How are breast cancer stages determined? What are breast cancer survival rates by stage?
      • What is the treatment for breast cancer?
      • Is it possible to prevent breast cancer?
      • What research is being done on breast cancer? Is it worthwhile to participate in a clinical trial?
      • I may have breast cancer, what questions should I ask my doctor?
      • Is the doctor sure I have breast cancer?
      • What type of breast cancer do I have?
      • What difference does a precise diagnosis make?
      • What has been done to exclude cancer in other areas of the same breast or in my other breast?
      • What type of medical team do I need for the most accurate diagnosis?
      • Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?
      • What other studies should be done on my breast tissue biopsy?
      • How urgent is it that I make decisions and begin treatment?
      • Should I stop taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
      • Even though my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors, should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor?
      • I have a ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of localized cancer. Why have I been advised to have a mastectomy when other women with invasive cancer have lumpectomies?
      • Should I start chemotherapy before surgery?
      • If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?
      • Should my lymph nodes be removed?
      • What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and what are its benefits and risks?
      • Are there any other questions I should ask my doctor?
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      Cervical Cancer Article
      • Cervical cancer facts
      • What is cervical cancer?
      • How do women get cervical cancer? What causes cervical cancer?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of cervical cancer?
      • What are the risk factors for cervical cancer?
      • What are cervical cancer screening guidelines?
      • What tests are used to diagnose cervical cancer?
      • What are the stages of cervical cancer?
      • What is the treatment for cervical cancer?
      • What are methods of treatment for cervical cancer?
      • Can cervical cancer be prevented? What is the cervical cancer vaccine?
      • What kind of support is available to women with cervical cancer?
      • What is the prognosis and survival rates for women with cervical cancer?
      • What research is being done on cervical cancer?
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      Esophageal Cancer Article
      • Esophageal cancer facts*
      • What is the esophagus?
      • What is esophageal cancer?
      • What are the causes or risk factors for esophageal cancer?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of esophageal cancer?
      • How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?
      • How is esophageal cancer staged?
      • What are the stages of esophageal cancer?
      • What are the treatment for esophageal cancer?
      • What kinds of doctors treat esophageal cancer?
      • What are the statistics related to esophageal cancer?
      • What support is available for those with esophageal cancer?
      • What is the prognosis with esophageal cancer?
      • Can esophageal cancer be prevented?

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