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Is it your left or right part of your body that is more susceptible to cancer?

Asked by flo (12974points) October 20th, 2015

Or is a ridiculous question? I think it is a ridiculous question. I think someone is joking around. Please let me know if you don’t believe it is ridiculous and why.

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JLeslie's avatar

It’s ridiculous. Most organs we have both on the right and left. The exception is our liver and pancreas are on the right, and cancer found in those organs typically is a death sentence, unless you are extremely luck and have it diagnosed early and it’s operable.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Actually, we have a friend who is recovering from a bout with liver cancer. He is doing well at this point. They did some new procedures on him.

JLeslie's avatar

In glad to hear he is doing well. :)

Coloma's avatar

Yes, ridiculous. What about ear, nose and throat cancers, oral cancers, sinus cancer, is one side of your face more susceptible? haha

zenvelo's avatar

In the US, the left side has been more susceptible to skin cancers. In the UK and Australia, it is the right side. That’s the side that is exposed to more sun while driving.

Unilateral breast cancer is more likely to occur in the left breast than the right breast, but researchers are unable to determine why.

JLeslie's avatar

^^I know about the skin cancer, but I didn’t know about the breast cancer. That’s very interesting.

flo's avatar

“That’s the side that is exposed to more sun while driving” Of course that is a joke. Everyone drives everyone wears sleeveless clothing? Of course that is a joke. Why aren’t they referring to gardners or construction workers or or other groups who are exposed to the sun all day. So insulting. Fraudulent.

zenvelo's avatar

@flo You don’t seem to understand statistics. It means there is a higher incidence, not the everyone who drives will get cancer.

And people who are exposed to the sun all day do have higher rates of skin cancers. But in them it is not predominant on one side or the other.

Don’t call something fraudulent just because you don’t understand it.

flo's avatar

@zenvelo I can’t believe it. Why drivers and drivers only? Is it only drivers whose arms are exposed? Again, it is not even like drivers wear sleeveless tops. Even then that is ridiculous beyond beyond. Added: What does it take?

JLeslie's avatar

Not a joke—fact. I actually have more wrinkles on the right side of my face, but I’m often the passenger.

zenvelo's avatar

@flo It isn’t drivers and drivers only. But there is a slightly higher incidence of cancers on the left side of the body linked to driving.

People who drive a lot have the left side of their face exposed to more UV radiation from the sun. And many have their left forearm exposed to the sun.

JLeslie's avatar

A classic example is truck drivers very often show much more aging on the left side of their face, and also more skin cancers on that side.

flo's avatar

@JLeslie Look at your fist sentence of your 1st post.
@zenvelo Drivers drive in all kinds of hours and all directions.
How about people who walk or cycle to work?
Drivers are no more likely to wear sleeveless clothing than any other group.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11938974/More-than-11-moles-on-right-arm-suggests-higher-risk-of-skin-cancer.html
I don’t even know where to start.
No wonders Andrew Wakefield and the like.

flo's avatar

The article in @zenvelo‘s post it’s the left arm that’s supposedly…The article in my post above it is the right arm. Which is it? Sheesh.

JLeslie's avatar

@flo If you are talking about all cancers it’s ridiculous. If you are talking about skin cancer only, it occurs more on the left. You are talking about liver cancer, that occurs on the right.

flo's avatar

@JLeslie I can’t believe what I’m reading.

JLeslie's avatar

Why? Some organs are on the right, so those cancers occur on the right. Sun exposure can lead to cancer, and so we see skin cancers more in the sun exposed side. What’s your problem with that statement? Are you refusing to accept that skin cancer occurs more on the left side of the face in countries that drive on the right? It’s a fact. There is no argument against it. Besides it being fact, even without the data it simply makes logical sense.

JLeslie's avatar

@flo Your article is from the UK! Left side driving.

zenvelo's avatar

@flo, if you read my original post, I said in UK and Australia it is more prevalent on the right, because in the UK and Australia they drive on the right. And, it isn’t driving it is exposure to the sun, which happens more on the left in the US because it is very common in the US for anyone over sixteen to drive, which exposes only one side to the sun.

rojo's avatar

I would think the right side, being as the left side is controlled by the right side of the brain which is more artistic and, in my opinion, probably less stressed than the right which is under the influence of the more logical left side of the brain which worries about stupid shit.

flo's avatar

You’re not addressing the sleeveless etc.

flo's avatar

Cancer cells don’t know from left side this and right side that. Just a guess.

zenvelo's avatar

@flo If you take 100,000 people and have them wear sleeveless tops all summer every summer for twenty years (Group A) and take 100,000 people and have them wear long sleeve tops all summer every summer for twenty years (Group B), you will see a difference in skin cancer incidence, a higher rate in Group A than in Group B.

And if you take two groups, and they wear a top with a full sleeve on the right and no sleeve on the left, over time you will see a greater incidence of skin cancers on the left (exposed) side. and if you take a similar group and they wear a full sleeve on the left arm and no sleeve on the right, over time you will see a greater incidence of skin cancers on the right.

It isn’t sleeves or not sleeves, it is a higher amount of exposure to the sun on one side more than the other.

Cancers do not generally occur quickly, but develop over time, and from a variety of causes. Sun exposure to one side of a driver is one of many reasons for skin cancers.

You have yet to say anything about he higher incidence of breast cancer in left breasts than in right breasts.

Lung cancer isn’t picky about which lung. And colorectal and esophageal cancer are not at all incident more on one side than the other.

JLeslie's avatar

@flo You do understand skin cancer is more likely to
occur when the skin is exposed to the sun over time, don’t you? Or, do you disagree with that?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Also, @flo, when it comes to the driving issue, people are focusing more on the face, which never covered up, at least in the US. If a person leans their left arm out the window, then, at the least, their hand is exposed. If they are wearing a tshirt, then their left forearm is also exposed.
They aren’t really referring to all drivers, just those who drive a LOT, like truck drivers.

When I was a teenager my girlfriend noticed that her left arm was more tanned than her right, because of driving.

flo's avatar

Too much UV rays causes skin cancer. There is nothing new about that.

Why talk about left side of any body part or right part of any body part?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hm. Could it be because of this question: “Is it your left or right part of your body that is more susceptible to cancer?”

flo's avatar

@zenvelo “You have yet to say anything about he higher incidence of breast cancer in left breasts than in right breasts.”
True, I’m just stuck on _if one gets cancer (whichever kind) one gets cancer, regardless of which side of what body part is exposed to the sun. idea.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We were talking specifically about skin cancer when we were discussing which side of your body is exposed to the sun. We weren’t talking about any other kind of cancer in relation to that.

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