Other than saying somebody "got" cancer, is there a more commonly accepted verb I can use? I thought of the verb contract, whose definition (according to a google search) is
catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent).
Though a separate google search for "Can somebody contract cancer" gives negative answers that go on to explain that cancer is not contagious. This was not news to me, but it does seem to indicate that contract is more commonly regarded as analogous to catch as in "She caught the flu", which I would never use to describe getting cancer.
My question is, is contract a commonly accepted verb for getting cancer, or is there a better one in common usage, other than get?