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paul.fr

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Are we "born with cancer"
« on: 15/01/2008 16:13:35 »
I hear this so often, that we are born with cancer and it is just awaiting a trigger, is it true?


 

another_someone

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Are we "born with cancer"
« Reply #1 on: 15/01/2008 21:21:23 »
It is no more true of cancer than of any other disease.

For any disease, your likelihood of contracting the disease is dependent upon you genetic makeup, but whether you actually do develop the disease is subject to environmental risk factors.  This is even true of AIDS (where some people are genetically immune to the HIV virus, so you could argue that those people who not have genetic immunity to it were really born with AIDS, but were just waiting for the HIV virus to come along and trigger it - a somewhat strange perspective, but one that could be argued to have some technical correctness in a strange way).
 

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