Is Cancer avoidable at older age?

Washington: Cancer might be avoided as one grows older as it apparently decreases with age, according to the researchers.

Professor James P. Brody of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, said that most cancers had a characteristic age at which they occurred and testicular cancers mostly occurred from age 25-40, bone sarcomas in the teens.

Brody added that according to him, people just did not see the decrease of the incidence for some common forms of cancer because they did not live long enough to see it.

One possible explanation is that many cancers originated early in life, possibly before birth. This is called the developmental origin of disease hypothesis. If true, this suggested that a test could be developed that would determine whether a person might develop a specific form of cancer decades before they actually develop it.

The research is published in Biophysical Reviews.

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