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Causes of Cancer (The Biology of Cancer) by Donna M. Bozzone

By Donna M. Bozzone

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While serving in Morocco in 1914, Clunet and other French soldiers were surrounded and threatened with execution. They escaped, but Clunet contracted dysentery. He served during World War I and, although he was not injured in battle, he was infected with dengue fever. In 1916, Clunet was sent to the Middle East on a military transport ship. An enemy submarine sank the ship, but Clunet survived and directed the rescue operations and emergency medical care for the other soldiers involved. After this close call, Clunet went to Romania to set up a military hospital.

Stomach cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths. ) Stomach cancer is linked to the use of salt as a food preservative. Refrigeration and other types of food preservation were developed in the twentieth century. For Americans, these innovations cut down on salt consumption. However, stomach cancer is also linked to eating pickled foods of many kinds that are popular in Japan. It is probably this dietary practice that continues to be the cause of stomach cancer in Japan. CANCER AND LIFESTYLE 43 ALCOHOL Of the items we choose to take into our bodies by inhalation or ingestion, tobacco and food account for at least two-thirds of all human cancers.

For example if a virus damages the DNA of a gene whose job is to stop cancer cells from growing uncontrollably, the infected cells can produce a tumor. In some cases infections can inhibit the normal immune response, reducing the immunosurveillance that normally prevents tumors from forming. Even though the infectious agents that are associated with cancer are very prevalent, the development of cancer after exposure to these agents takes a long time. In fact these cancers are relatively rare and not everyone who is infected with a potential cancer-causing agent develops cancer.

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