We all have watched various advertisements featuring how having gutka can lead to cancer. Also, we all are aware that smoking too is one of the prominent causes of cancer. However, do you know that certain daily habits that we are often unaware of can also make us suffer from cancer? Well, that’s true! Scroll down to know more about it.

9 Usual Habits That Can Cause Cancer That You Should Be Aware Of:

  1. Drinking Diet Sodas:

Zero Calorie sodas are quite common nowadays. Most of us might be avoiding going for the sugary aerated drinks due to their high-calorie content. But, medical studies have revealed that artificial sweeteners can because of Bladder cancer or even brain tumors. Chemical such as aspartame is metabolized as formaldehyde in the body. And, formaldehyde is known as a carcinogenic agent.

  1. Having Birth Control Pills:

Birth control pills are known to cause an increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers show that not only breast cancer but it also pose an increased risk of cervical and liver cancer. Having children before the age of 30 and finishing lactating too before the age of 30 can help in reducing the risk of breast cancer. As the tissues in the breast become more mature, these mature tissues become resistant to the breast cancer.

  1. Applying Cosmetics:

Cosmetics are applied to the skin on a daily basis by most individuals for external appearance. Cosmetics contain various harmful chemicals which can cause skin cancer. Cosmetics contain chemicals, such as Formaldehyde, Benzene, Toluene, and 1,4-dioxane, which are known to be carcinogenic agents. Make sure you wash off all your makeup before going to bed or use natural based products

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  1. Consuming Alcohol:

Alcohol can cause cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, colon, rectum, and even breast cancer. Studies have revealed that most deaths throughout the world occur due to alcohol.

Alcohol can increase the gastric acids in your system. Increased gastric acids can destroy the cell lining of the gastrointestinal system. This can be even more hazardous resulting in peptic ulcer patients. Alcohol contains ethanol which converts into acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde can destroy DNA that can trigger the risk of cancer as well. Alcohol can also increase your body fat which can increase the risk of cancer.

  1. Sitting For Long Regularly:

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, which can be one of the leading causes of the occurrence cancer. People with a sedentary lifestyle are more to have biomarkers for cancer. Postmenopausal breast, colorectal, and endometrial cancers can be reduced if there is physical activity. If you have a job pattern where you need to sit for the longer duration of a time then have small breaks to stretch, walk around a bit, or do any physical activity. Physical activity helps maintain a balance between your hormones as well and keeps your body as healthy as possible.

  1. Sleeping Close To Your Cell Phone:

Sleeping close to your cell phone can be extremely hazardous. The radiation emitted from the cell phone can cause health hazards. These radiations are extremely dangerous for your health and can make you suffer from cancer. It can increase the risk of breast and brain tumors. Make sure you keep your phone at a distance before going to bed.

  1. Eating Tobacco:

Eating tobacco is the major cause of mouth cancer. In India, a huge number of patients daily are diagnosed with mouth cancer. The ingredients in the tobacco are extremely harmful that they can destroy your cells and can cause inflammation of your sensitive cells in the mouth. Not just mouth cancer, eating tobacco can also be a triggering factor for GIT Cancer as well.

  1. Not Using Sunscreen Properly:

We all are aware of the fact that ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause cancer. But are we applying the sunscreen in the right way? Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. If you would be spending too much time in the sun, make sure you apply sunscreen after every two hours. This will provide you a great protection against the skin cancer.

  1. Eating Canned Foods:

Ready to eat foods, instant foods, frozen foods, and canned foods all of them have a huge amount of preservatives in them. These preservatives are extremely bad for your health and can lead to cancer. Avoid these canned foods, instead, go for fresh and healthy foods.

Every little step counts towards your health. Avoiding these harmful habits can help reduce the risk of cancer.


-Written By Dr. Stacia, Associate Doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah

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