risk factor

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Something that increases the chance of developing a disease. Some examples of risk factors for cancer are age, a family history of certain cancers, use of tobacco products, being exposed to radiation or certain chemicals, infection with certain viruses or bacteria, and certain genetic changes.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2009-11-17Risk Factors for Cancer Factores de riesgo de cáncer