Risk FactorsIncreasing age is a risk factor for developing cancer. In 2013, more than 73% of all cancers in Utah were diagnosed in persons aged 55 years or older. Other risk factors for cancer include a person's gender and family medical history. Cancer may also be linked to environmental exposures and lifestyle choices such as use of tobacco and alcohol, diet, and sun exposure. In fact, "cigarette smoking is by far the most important risk factor for lung cancer" and will be responsible for nearly 29% of all cancer deaths in 2015.^1^[[br]]
1. American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, p.16.
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