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Title: Why are rates of cancer different?
Post by: thedoc on 11/07/2016 14:13:06
Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer? There are two countries that I know well to be generally similar in standard of living, but are very different mainly in physical size and climate: Australia and Switzerland. But they have very different rates of cancer incidence - why are these rates so different for Australia and Switzerland, with approx. 4th and 15th global incidence rates respectively?
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Title: Re: Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer?
Post by: Bored chemist on 22/06/2016 21:45:21
Barbecued food and skin cancer?
It's impossible to tell without a detailed study of the habits of the locals (and their genetics I guess)
Title: Re: Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer?
Post by: evan_au on 22/06/2016 22:53:03
Skin cancer is definitely a big problem in Australia. With a predominantly light-skinned population in a tropical and temperate climate - and a propensity to lie on the beach with minimal clothing.
Title: Re: Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer?
Post by: eeyore on 23/06/2016 19:25:54
Diseases are not caused by any single thing, there are always intrinsic factors such as genetics and mutations. There are also environmental factors such as UV radiation, smoking, or diet.

Every day is a roll of the dice as to whether the right combination of factors will turn up that day and set you up for a bad day at black rock.

Et in Arcadia ego

So have a nice day because it won't ever come back. The wine of life keeps oozing drop by drop. The leaves of life keep falling one by one.

I hope to get shot by a jealous husband at 96 --- in flagrante delicto.
Title: Re: Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer?
Post by: exothermic on 23/06/2016 22:04:41
Quote from: Rube Eastgate
Why do countries with similar standards of living have different rates of cancer?

I'm thinking the primary reasons would be:

1. Varying rates between hereditary links.

2. Varying rates between dietary links.

3. Varying rates between environmental & workplace toxin-exposure.

Title: Hear the answer to this question on our show
Post by: thedoc on 11/07/2016 14:13:06
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