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According to the National Cancer Institute, a risk factor is anything that increases or decreases the chances of a person from suffering a disease. Although doctors do not explain why one person develops the disease and another does not, researchers have identified specific factors that increase the chances for a person to develop certain types of cancers.
Risk factors for cancer can be divided into four groups:
Most cancer risk factors related to behavior and environment can be avoided. Biological factors and hereditary risk are inevitable, but it is important to know about them, so you can discuss them with your doctor and undergo cancer screening tests if necessary.