A risk factor is anything that affects the chance of getting a disease such as cancer different cancers have different risk factors in adults lifestyle related risk factors such as being overweight eating an unhealthy diet not getting enough exercise and habits like smoking and drinking alcohol play a major role in many types of cancer. What causes childhood and adolescent cancer the causes of most childhood and adolescent cancers are largely unknown the cancers that children and teenagers get are not considered preventable or contagious a small number of childhood cancers can be related to down syndrome trisomy 21 or other inherited genetic abnormalities called mutations. More information about possible causes of cancer in children is available in the fact sheet cancer in children and adolescents research nci supports a broad range of research to better understand the causes biology and patterns of childhood cancers and to identify the best ways to successfully treat children with cancer in the context of . Read avoidable causes of childhood cancer by samuel s epstein available from rakuten kobo sign up today and get 5 off your first purchase the increasing incidence but decreasing mortality rates of major childhod cancers 1975 2009 site increase incidence
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