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These Common Practices May Boost the Risk of Cancer

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By Shashini ThennakoonPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Following heart disease, which is the U.S.'s top cause of mortality, is cancer. "A majority of cancers are preventable. Genes are significant, but in most cases, diet and lifestyle are even more crucial "Professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Ed Giovannucci, says. It's never too late to start benefiting from improvements, and you can lessen your risk of developing cancer. These five common practices have all been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Continue reading and pay close attention to these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID to protect your health and the health of others.

1 Tans both inside and outside

Sunbed use has been related to an increased risk of skin cancer, according to numerous studies. There is no such thing as a safe tan, says dermatologist Jennifer Lucas, MD. "The simple answer is yes, tanning beds are just as, if not more, dangerous than the sun." "There are numerous reasons to completely shun tanning beds. Younger female age groups are starting to have an elevated risk of melanoma. It's difficult to pinpoint the specific cause, but the largest change we're noticing is that younger women are the ones using tanning beds. Sunless tanning is the most secure method of tanning. To acquire your healthy glow, suggest using lotions or creams that can be purchased at the shop or applied by a professional."

2 Drinking Alcohol

Experts are now cautioning that there is no "safe" amount of alcohol to consume. According to Harriet Rumgay, a researcher at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization's dedicated cancer agency, "Less than one in three Americans regard alcohol as a cause of cancer." That is comparable to other high-income nations, and in other regions of the world, it probably even falls below that.

3 Watching Hours of TV

According to physicians, if you spend a lot of time sitting at work and then binge-watching television in your own time, you run the danger of developing major health problems. Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson, says prolonged sitting increases your risk for colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. "Get up and move about at least once every hour. While watching TV commercials, stand up and take a lap around the house. A little bit of mild exercise every day can add up and reduce your risk of developing cancer."

4 Smoking Cigarettes

According to the CDC, smoking is the biggest cause of death that may be prevented in the United States. According to Edward D. Gometz, MD, "Fifty percent of smokers die from a smoking-related disease, and the life expectancy of one in four smokers is shortened by as much as 15-20 years." "Lung cancer was uncommon before tobacco smoking became commonplace during World War II. To help discover the local environmental origin of the ailment among an affected population, doctors were forced to submit instances of lung cancer to the federal government because they were so uncommon, much like reporting cases of mesothelioma today. According to current estimates, tobacco use causes more than 85% of all cases of lung cancer."

5 Unhealthy Diet

According to research, consuming a lot of processed junk food raises your risk of developing cancer. According to Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a cancer and nutrition researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, "our study findings suggest that among the estimated 80110 new cancer cases attributable to poor diet in 2015, approximately 16 percent were due to obesity-mediated associations." "For instance, obesity and the risk of 13 different malignancies are both increased by high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). We calculated that increased SSB consumption was responsible for around 3000 additional cancer cases in 2015.Undoubtedly, the bulk (84 percent) of the diet-related cancer burden in the US continues to be accounted for by newly diagnosed cancer cases that may be directly linked to the carcinogenic effects of specific foods. These include eating less whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and red and processed meats than you should.

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