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I've always wondered this. We don't really hear about cancer in history. What happened? Why is cancer so big now?
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Well, it's very slimming.


But more likely because of food ingredients, radioactive material in the atmosphere and environment, and various other things that are popping up that probably make your chances go up.
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because it wasn't discovered to be a major problem until fairly recently. It also wasn't treatable until fairly recently.
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because we have the technology these days to detect more types of cancer more often than we did in the past


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we didn't acknowledge gravity until it was given a name.

doesn't mean it wasn't there before that.
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#13
I'd imagine it would have been easily misdiagnosed prior to recent medical developments. But that's speculation, I don't have real answer.
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#14
people are living longer and lifestyles are changing more

people are probably smoking less now than they were back in the day, which was a Wednesday
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Because all those damn hipsters are trying to make it cool.....
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Marijuana is related to the most aggressive form of testicular cancer, a recent study shows.
#17
Plus, we have a much wider range of media now, then we had just 50 years ago.
There probably was cases of cancer before, although at a smaller scale, but people here more about it these days, since the media coverage is bigger, there's a ton of newspapers, magazines and the fact that just about everyone with a Ph.d. is putting out a book these days + the internet.
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Because the government is microwaving our brains via the propagation mobile phones, in order to subdue the populace; cancer research funds are actually put towards bio-weapon research for the alien war, which will end in the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.
#19
i think it's because hundreds of years ago they weren't able to diagnose cancer. but also our unhealthy lifestyle contributes a fair bit to it.
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#22
because in the past people died of something else before they could die of cancer
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#23
It's actually written all through history. The problem, we didn't know much about it. Sure we could see tumors, but we had no evidence of cancerous cells. That in itself is quite recent.
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we didn't acknowledge gravity until it was given a name.

doesn't mean it wasn't there before that.


You're right in one point. But consider this, radiations causes the growth of cancerous cells and we're exposed to all kind of radiations in our days, our cellphones for example, they issue radiation, and we hang with them pretty much all the time, so it's safe to say that the possibility of getting cancer these days is way bigger than 50-100+ years ago.
#25
because it has too much trans fat in it
cancer so BIG get it


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You're right in one point. But consider this, radiations causes the growth of cancerous cells and we're exposed to all kind of radiations in our days, our cellphones for example, they issue radiation, and we hang with them pretty much all the time, so it's safe to say that the possibility of getting cancer these days is way bigger than 50-100+ years ago.

radiation isn't the only cause of cancer
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It's spreading...
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Marijuana is related to the most aggressive form of testicular cancer, a recent study shows.

I've had my balls checked twice by a doctor, and he said they're perfectly healthy.

Even still, totally worth it.
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You're right in one point. But consider this, radiations causes the growth of cancerous cells and we're exposed to all kind of radiations in our days, our cellphones for example, they issue radiation, and we hang with them pretty much all the time, so it's safe to say that the possibility of getting cancer these days is way bigger than 50-100+ years ago.


Not quite, the chances are still just as high.
Smoking, snuff, heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc...), asbestos, there are also tons of chemicals that we have scaled down the use of that were used years ago that were, and still are related to causing cancer.
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radiation isn't the only cause of cancer


I never said it was.

I was just pointing out one of the reasons why cancer affects people more these days.
#32
Why is leporacy (sp?) so unheard of now when we heard of it all the time back then?
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It wasn't diagnosable until recently duh
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Why is leporacy (sp?) so unheard of now when we heard of it all the time back then?


There's a cure for it. I can't remember the name of it now, but I wrote a paper on it in pharmacology.
There was a colony on some island near Hawaii I believe (anyone with it was sent there), and essentially the guy went there and gave all these immunisations. Every one on the island ended up getting better.

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I've always wondered this. We don't really hear about cancer in history. What happened? Why is cancer so big now?


1) The world is different. Lifestyles are different, our environment is different.

2) They didn't know what the **** cancer is.

3) Mostly #2

EDIT: After reading the title again, I decided "Cancer is so big now because all the cool kids have it." /lame
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#38
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Marijuana is related to the most aggressive form of testicular cancer, a recent study shows.


research things before you beleive them. I looked into that study, all they did was survery patients with testicular cancer, and ask them if they had smoked marijuana.
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#39
Lack of physical activity, and things like pollution, and food in plastic containers...
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Cellphones?

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