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Cancer is a common disease, so most families will have some members who have had cancer. Cancer that is not due to inherited gene changes is called “sporadic cancer.” It is believed that most—perhaps 90%—of all cancers are sporadic. This means even if cancer does not run in a family, a family member can still be at risk for some type of cancer in his or her lifetime.
Sporadic cancer and hereditary cancer differ in several ways that may affect health care decisions: