Is it true that 1 in 2 people get cancer?

I heard that 1 in 2 people get cancer, and that the reason why cancer is that common is because of the human lifespan extending.

I'm freaking out.

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  • I thought it was 1 in 3 or 4.

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  • Cancer is common.

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  • Most people get some form of cancer in their lives. Most forms of cancer is just benign growths.

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  • I thought the big scare right now was diabetes?

    Seems every decade there is some new scare. I remember in the 80's it was AIDS. In the 2000's it was mosquito or mad cow or anthrax or Donald Duck disease... basically animal stuff.

    So right now it is diabetes. No one cares about cancer.

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    • Remember swine flu? That was going to wipe out the whole of jolly old England, apparently. Turned out it was a big fat disappointment, just like the bird flu was

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    • Cancer is a constant. No matter what you do its contributing to getting cancer.

      Diabetes while sometimes genetic most of the time is due to eating crap.

      Aids is fun because it's almost exclusively a gay condition and it came out of nowhere in the 80s.

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  • I don't know about all of that, but I've had a lot of different people in my extended family who have had cancer.

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  • It's less than half but still high I reckon

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  • I heard one in three, but yeah, most people died from othering things. Women used to die most from childbirth, and everyone had a high risk of dying as an infant.

    When you think about it, cancer back then was a certain death sentence, so for it not to even be the most prolific cause of death, say, 100 years ago, means we've come really far with medicine.

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    • American women still have a high morbidity for childbirth and pregnancy, and infant morbitidy is also high, for a so called first world country.

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  • Could very well be true if you take the following statistic into account:
    80% of men who reach age 80 have cancer cells in their prostate.

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  • I'm not sure, but you have to realize that that likely includes ALL types of cancer, including a skin cancer you might get removed off of your nose that is in no way life threatening when treated immediately.

    Considering the amount of people I've known that have gone on to live to be 90+ years old and not many of them had cancer in their lifetimes, I'd say that those odds seem high, but then again, my experience is anecdotal.

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  • That sucks dude. Probably something in our diet. We eat a lot of sugar these days. Our diet is lower in fat than our ancestors but higher in sugar. I wonder if our ancestors had the same rate of cancer.

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    • Most of our ancestors didn't live long enough to develop cancer

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      • It's hard to go off those types of life expectancy numbers because they include infant mortality. Back in the day more infants died and women died through child birth a lot. But many died from diceases as they were older too. I wonder if cancer was a disease many died from. Cancer doesn't only affect the elderly. My sister had cancer as a teenager.

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        • Cancer risk was less in the past. Infectious diseases were much higher though. Part of the rise in cancer risk is because of the fact that other ways people used to die, we have done things to reduce, however we still can't defend against cancer much.

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  • As far as I know most people wind up having cells that turn cancerous. It's just if it becomes "serious". I'm no doctor but that's the word on the street.

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  • Looks more like it's 1 in 3.

    https://bestlifeonline.com/lifetime-cancer-risk/

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