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Most Cancers are Caused by Bad Luck Not Genes or Lifestyle, Say Scientists

This photo taken Feb. 24, 2014, provided by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, shows Dr. Willie Underwood, a urologic oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, examining patient Richard Waldrop at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Bill Sheff)
This photo taken Feb. 24, 2014, provided by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, shows Dr. Willie Underwood, a urologic oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, examining patient Richard Waldrop at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Bill Sheff)

(The Telegraph) – The majority of cancers are the result of bad luck rather than unhealthy lifestyles or inherited genetic faults, scientists have discovered.

For years health experts have warned that tumors are driven by a bad diet, lack of exercise, or gene errors passed down from parents.

The government even set up its ‘100,000 Genomes Project’ to try and find the genetic causes of many rare diseases and cancers.

But now a study has shown that most cancers are primarily caused by bad luck rather than poor lifestyle choices or defective DNA.

Researchers found that more than two thirds of cancers are driven by random mistakes in cell division which are completely outside of our control.

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