A recent study published in the Cancer Epidemiology Journal shows that most people don't know the causes of cancer. Of the 6,000 participants in the study, 47% believed that "nearly everything causes cancer." So they "do nothing about it," said study leader Jeff Niederdeppe.
Yet scientists are now clear that the major causes of cancer are easily avoidable.
The 7 Main Causes of Cancer
Research shows that over 80% of cancer causes are related to tobacco use, cancer foods (what we do and don't eat and drink) and the exposure to radiation and other cancer-causing agents.
1. Tobacco Use – Smoking, chewing tobacco and being regularly exposed to tobacco smoke, without actually smoking, all cause cancer. Tobacco use is the most preventable form of death in the U.S. And lung cancer is not the only risk. Tobacco users are also more likely to develop cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, kidney, breast and cervix.
But, the risk of cancer decreases when a smoker quits. And it continues to decline every year.
2. Cancer Foods – Good and Bad – Obesity, nitrates and high fat diets increase the risk of colon, uterus, prostate, pancreas, ovary, and breast cancer. But studies show omega 3 fish oil and high fiber foods, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, can help protect you against cancer.
3. Overexposure to Sunlight – Ultraviolet radiation from the sun, sunlamps and tanning booths all cause skin cancer. The risk is greatest when the sun is high and your shadow is shorter than you are. Protective clothing and 15 to 30 SPF sunscreens can block most of the harmful rays.
4. Excess Alcohol – Drinking any kind of alcohol can raise your risk of liver, esophagus, larynx, throat, mouth, and breast cancer. So, if you drink, stick with no more than one drink a day.
5. Exposure to High Radiation – Repeated or high doses of radiation from medical x-rays increase your risk of cancer. Make sure each and every x-ray you have is necessary (so the benefits outweigh the risks) and that shields are used to protect other parts of your body.
6. Chemicals and Other Substances – Exposure to asbestos, uranium, radon, vinyl chloride, benzene and any other cancer causing agent, at home or work, increases your risk of cancer.
7. Family Background – Colon, ovary, skin and breast cancer all tend to happen more often within families. But it's not clear whether this is because of hereditary genes or living in a similar environment. And the latest cancer research shows that following the healthy-living guidelines below will help you greatly reduce your own personal risk and actually even change your genes.
How Cancer Can Be Prevented
Here's a comment from many participants in the latest cancer research study. "There are so many recommendations about preventing cancer, that it's hard to know which ones to follow."
Of course, these were the very same people who were least likely to follow the guidelines for exercise or eating 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. They were also the most likely to smoke. As you can see from the following list reducing your risk of cancer is not complicated:
- Exercise daily;
- Maintain optimum weight;
- Don't smoke or chew tobacco;
- Avoid contact with cancer causing substances;
- Eat a healthy low glycemic diet, rich high fiber foods;
- Decrease bad fats and increase your intake of omega 3 fish oil;
- And know that you can help protect yourself and your family from cancer.
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