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In the U.S., what is the average lifetime risk of developing cancer?

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In the U.S., the average lifetime risk of developing cancer is 38% for women and 42% for men. Some of the leading risk factors associated with cancer are age, obesity, alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and tobacco use. The EPA estimates that breathing toxic air pollutants from outdoor sources increases the average lifetime risk of developing cancer by 0.004 percentage points.

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