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Saturday, April 30, 2016

10 Ways to Know You're Probably Going to Get Cancer

There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Out of all these cancers, only 5 percent are hereditary. The rest are caused by lifestyle choices we make on our own. These 10 lifestyle choices are a pretty good indication that you are probably going to get cancer.

10 indications that you are probably going to get cancer

  1. Secondhand smoke: You may not smoke yourself, but if you allow smokers in your home or are around other smokers regularly, you are probably going to get cancer. Secondhand smoke contains 70 chemicals that can cause cancer.
  2. Sun exposure: Sunscreen is not just to prevent sunburn; it is to protect your skin against the sun's ultraviolet radiation. If you are out in the sun often without using sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher protection, you are probably going to get skin cancer.
  3. Overweight: Fat tissue produces excess amounts of estrogen and other hormones that may stimulate cell growth. If you are overweight, you are giving your body more opportunities to develop cancer.
  4. Age: About 25 percent of new cancer cases are diagnosed in people between the age of 65 and 74, according to the National Cancer Institute. There is nothing you can do about getting older, but if you're not eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans, you are just inviting cancer.
  5. Walking: Just walking 30 minutes for 5 days a week can reduce colon cancer by 40 percent. 
  6. Sitting/TV: Sitting too much in front of the TV or computer is inviting cancer. Women who spend too much time sitting are at a higher risk of developing myeloma, breast, and ovarian cancer, according to researchers from the American Cancer Society.
  7. Alcohol: The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing certain cancers, including esophagus, liver, and breast. If you want cancer to stay away, go easy on the alcohol; one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  8. Beef and other grilled meat: Everyone likes a good barbecue, but meat cooked at high temperatures, such as when grilling, creates chemicals that have been shown to cause changes in DNA that may increase cancer risk, especially colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
  9. Inherited: If you have a family history of cancer, it's important to get genetic testing to see if you have an increased risk of certain cancers. Ignoring family history is a big mistake.
  10. Artificial light from electronics: If you're one of those people who fall asleep after hours in front of the TV, or are on your computer screen or tablet for hours, you are increasing your chances of getting cancer. Recent research indicates that higher levels of artificial light exposure at night are associated with higher incidences of breast cancer.

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