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Activity 3.1.1 Who Is Affected by Cancer? Introduction Did you know that half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes? Did you know that millions of Americans are currently living with or have had cancer? Unfortunately, many of you probably know someone who has battled this disease. Cancer is a term used for more than 100 different diseases in which abnormal cells grow out of control. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease, and affects many people in many different ways. The cause of cancer is not always clear, but there are certain factors that can increase the chances a person will develop cancer; these are called risk factors. Risk factors are correlational and not causal. Someone who is at higher risk for developing a certain type of cancer is more likely to develop that type of cancer but might not develop that type of cancer. In this activity, you will read twelve case stories of people with cancer. As you read through these case stories and
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