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Incidence of Human Cancer as a Function of Age

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The progression of different types of cancers is dependent upon the accumulation of mutations within the genome. Since the number of mutations increases with time, most if not all cancers have an age-dependent frequency. The incidence of human cancers as a function of age is shown in the figure below.

Lodish, Harvey F. "Cancer." Molecular Cell Biology. New York: W.H. Freeman, 2016. Pg 1144. Print.

Which of these cancers shows the greatest rate of increase between the ages of 50 to 70?

A

Pancreatic cancer.

B

Prostate cancer.

C

Skin cancer.

D

Stomach cancer.