Addressing Your Cancer Risk

Publication Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017

In the year 2014, over 1,600 Americans died from cancer, and today one in every four deaths within the US are cancer-linked. Recently, research has shown that where you live plays a huge role in determining how much you're at risk of cancer. 

Study lead author Jyotsna Jagai stated that "Overall environmental quality was very strongly associated with increased cancer risk."

The probability of contracting this disease depends on multiple factors: primarily genetic and environmental exposures. Being exposed to poor environmental conditions over long periods of time can damage the DNA structure and gene function. Such conditions could also lead to systemic inflammation and cause problems with hormones as well. 

To learn more about how the study team determined the effects that poor environmental quality had on increasing cancer risk, click here