Cancer can be prevented. In fact, research has suggested that at least four out of 10 cases can be avoided by lifestyle changes.
Obvious habits worth breaking include smoking and eating processed food, but what else can you do to reduce your risk of cancer? Here are seven surprising things that can increase your chances of developing the disease, as listed by Live Science:
- Drinking hot tea. We often hear about the many benefits of drinking tea, so researchers were surprised to find that drinking extremely hot tea can increase the risk of cancer in the esophagus, especially among people who smoke and drink. Experts believe this is because the scalding tea can wear away the lining of the throat and increase the risk of damage caused by alcohol and tobacco.
- Not being active. People who exercise are less likely to develop cancer than those who lead sedentary lifestyles and who sit down at a desk for most of the day.
- Your height. studies have found that taller people are more likely to develop cancer. The risk increases by 10% for every four inches of height. This may be because larger people have more cells in their bodies, which means there are more cells that could become cancerous.
- Sitting close to the grill. You may want to rethink sitting up close to the grill, as your skin may be absorbing carcinogens released through the burning charcoal or wood. Eating grilled meat further increases your risk of cancer.
- Getting breast implants. Certain breast implants that are textured put women at a higher risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of breast cancer. It is not clear what the link is, but researchers believe it may have to do with inflammation in the breast tissue that is triggered by the implants.
- Drinking alcohol. Studies are showing that alcohol may be linked to an increased risk of cancer. Even light to moderate amounts of alcohol may contribute toward the development of the disease.
- Being overweight. Obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and now you can add cancer to that list. Carrying extra weight can increase your levels of inflammation, which in turn can increase your risk of cancer.
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