Monday, April 17, 2017

Cancer, or Pure Bad Luck?

     A recent study finds that DNA copying "mistakes" are responsible for almost two-thirds of cancer mutations. There are many habits people can do to lower your risk for getting cancer, however these genetic mistakes are out of one's control. A study performed by authors Cristian Tomasetti and Dr. Vogelstein suggest cancer risk mostly has to do with random DNA mistakes. They also noted copying errors could be behind why certain cancers are more common than others. It is unknown each time a normal cell divides and copies its DNA the potential for possible mistakes.
     It is already taken into precautionary measures if there is a family history of cancer. However, with new studies emerging, it may come down to just a matter of "bad luck." These DNA mistakes are completely out of people's control. People should be aware of this, and go for annual cancer screenings regularly. 
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