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In addition to understanding the types of risk factors (see What Are Risk Factors?), it also is important to understand how the amount of contact you have with a factor, or your exposure, can also affect your risk. For some but not all cancers, the more risk you are exposed to, the greater your chances of getting the cancer.

There are four dimensions of risk exposure that can affect risk:
How long you have been exposed
How much you have been exposed to
How cumulative your exposure is
How voluntary your exposure is

Test your knowledge of risk exposure:

When thinking about exposure to a risk factor, what characteristics of the exposure should you consider?
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  1. Only the length of time of the exposure
  2. The gender of the person exposed
  3. If the exposure is cumulative and how often it occurred

Can you identify voluntary risk exposures? Voluntary exposures include:
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  1. Your family of origin and your gender
  2. Secondhand smoke
  3. Sunbathing without sunscreen

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