Who is at risk of developing cancer?
ANYONE, according to the American Cancer Society.
The occurrence of cancer does increase as people grow older. Nearly 80 percent of all cancers are diagnosed at ages 55 and older, according to the ACS.
Your family history impacts your chances of developing cancer. About 5 to 10 percent of cancers are clearly hereditary, says the ACS.
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person's lifestyle, for example, by quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, and eating a better diet. The sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years.
That includes all kinds of cancer, including the most common -- skin cancer -- which accounts for 1.3 million new cases a year.