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2.1.2 Detecting and Treating Cancer

(a) Risk Factors for Cancer
There are many things that increase the chance of developing cancer including chemical carcinogens,
age, family history and viruses.
Some carcinogens include hair dyes, arsenic, asbestos and alcohol. As you age there is more time for dna
mutations which leads…

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(g) Socio-Economic Issues
The main conflicts arise in the cost of treatments and who should pay for them (post-code lottery).
Many treatments have significant side-effects (e.g. sterility or radiation damage). Risk-benefit
calculations may be made. Living with cancer is socially and mentally debilitating for the patient and their
family and…


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