Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases of cancer in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer.
To prevent new cancers from starting, scientists look at risk factors and protective factors. Anything that increases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective...
Added text to state that paragangliomas and pheochromocytomas are rare tumors arising from chromaffin cells; in 2004, the World Health Organization characterized pheochromocytomas as tumors arising in the adrenal gland; paragangliomas may occur sporadically, as a manifestations of a hereditary syndrome, or as the sole tumor in hereditary paraganglioma/pheochromocytoma syndrome.
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