Articles on Cancer risk

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Breast density appears white or bright on mammograms – so do breast cancers. Tomas K/Shutterstock

Women should be told about their breast density when they have a mammogram

Women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Density also makes it harder for doctors to detect breast cancer on a mammogram.
People should not interpret the study as saying that every woman who has been overweight for some time in her life will develop cancer at some point. UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

The longer a woman has been overweight or obese, the higher her cancer risk: study

A longitudinal study featuring nearly 74,000 US women has found that the longer a woman has been overweight or obese during her adult life, the higher her risk of developing cancer.
What triggers cancers: bad luck or environment? Artotem, JD Hancock, Kerry Lannert, Marite Toledo/Flickr; Tatiana Shepeleva/

Why most cancer isn’t due to ‘bad luck’

Two major studies have come to different conclusions – but there's much more to it than chance alone.
A report released by the World Health Organisation has ranked red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, possibly causing bowel cancer. Supplied

Cancer and meat – too much hype?

The World Health Organisation's report on the increased cancer risk with eating processed and red meat has been met with mixed reactions.
Having a risk factor doesn’t mean a woman will develop breast cancer. Dick Vos/Flickr

What causes breast cancer? Sorting fact from fiction

Breast cancer accounts for one in four female cancers diagnosed in Australia each year. It is estimated that by the age of 85, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one in 39 will…
There is growing evidence that alcohol increases the risk of certain types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Anders Adermark/Flickr

Time to warn drinkers about the risk of cancer

Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows…

New technique reconstructs life of cells

British researchers have developed a new way of tracing the life history of individual cells back to their origins in the…
Some recommendations are straightforward: more fruit and veg, less alcohol and meat. But for calcium, it’s more complicated. ransomtech/Flickr

Six foods that increase or decrease your risk of cancer

If you believe cancer is a disease that strikes from nowhere with little in your control to prevent it, you’d be mistaken on both counts. Most cases of cancer are considered preventable by positive nutrition…

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