The old adage that you can choose your friends but not your family holds true when looking at your cancer risks.
Today people live for longer than at any other time in history. For instance in the 19th century, more babies died from disease, men and children died early working in the mines, plagues carried off the frail, women died in childbirth, and 40 was considered a ripe old age!
So, even though cancer did exist back then, and people still died from it, the death toll from cancer did not seem that high because people died of many other things long before they were ever at risk of getting cancer. Today more people live until well into their 80s and 90s, with 1 in 4 people over 70 having some type of cancer. This is not due to an increase in cancer, but rather due to more opportunities in our body’s cells to become abnormal and the inability of our bodies to clean out these abnormal cells.