The 10 biggest causes of cancer

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The leading cause of death in France and Canada, cancer is responsible for 400 deaths a day. And, although its causes are not always known, certain behaviors, habits or environmental factors increase the risk of suffering from cancer. Zoom on the 10 biggest causes of cancer.

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In most developed countries, smoking accounts for almost one-third of all cancer- related deaths, and WHO has identified tobacco use as the leading cause of preventable death globally.

In France, lung cancer is the most deadly. It ranks first among men with 21,100 deaths and the third among women with 7,700 deaths in 2010. The number of lung cancer deaths is decreasing, but it is still increasing among women who smoke more more. Tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer because more than 85% are attributable to it.

In addition to lung cancer, tobacco is responsible for cancers of the larynx, buccal cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder (1).

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