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Epidemiology: Chronic disease, cancer, and exercise — a common link

Advances in precision medicine have greatly improved outcomes for patients with cancer. New findings that demonstrate a substantial contribution of major chronic diseases and disease markers to the risk of cancer incidence and mortality highlight the impact of chronic disease on cancer risk and suggest that chronic diseases should be targeted in cancer prevention strategies.

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  1. Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

    • Andrew S. Allegretti
  2. Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    • Ravi I. Thadhani


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