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Cancer Realities: Outliving Your Prognosis
How can cancer develop in really healthy people taking good care of themselves?
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MilonJones posted:
Hello friends,

A heavy smoker can develop lung cancer because of harmful chemicals overtime to his lungs. But sometimes, lung cancer can develop in a nonsmoker's lung. Or breast cancer can develop in a healthy woman's body.

Thanks a lot
Milon Jones
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Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi MilonJones -

This is a great question which continues to be examined by many doctors and researchers.

The simple answer is genetics, but still much more to be investigated.

These articles address your question -

Why don't we all get cancer? - Cancer Research UK
Questions People Ask About Cancer - American Cancer Society

Do you have any more thoughts about why some are affected with this terrible disease?

Elizabeth


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