Prevention is better than cure. Following are habits which you must avoid in order to live a healthy, cancer-free life:
1. Using Tobacco
The first and the foremost cancer trigger, which is also the most common reason of cancer is tobacco. Campaigns and awareness programs have been run worldwide to inform people about the harmful effects of smoking and how it is doing nothing but ending their lives. However, the battle is still far from being won as there are many smokers who smoke despite being informed about its health hazards.
2. Being obese
There are many things that being obese does to our bodies. It is one of the biggest reasons of cancer as well. Keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in terms of avoiding preventing risks of cancer.
3. Consuming alcohol
Experts say that alcohol is capable of increasing risks of cancer in the pancreas and stomach. The more alcohol you drink, the more prone you are to risks of cancer. In the long run, consumption of alcohol can lead to liver cancer. Cancers of mouth, throat, colon, rectal and breast are other common kinds of cancer that can be caused by alcohol.
4. Exposure to sunlight
Extreme exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can lead to non-melanoma skin cancer. Excess of UV rays in the skin are capable of damaging skin’s DNA. This makes cells grow in excessive numbers, thus leading to skin cancer.
5. Consuming red and processed meat
Processed meat, or the one that has been preserved have been linked to risks of cancer. Foods like salami, bacon, sausages, ham, frozen pork, lamb, etc are processed meats which can increase your risks of cancer. However, you can have them in small quantities, say only for once or twice in a week.
6. Using talcum powder
Some studies state that using talcum powder on the area from the anus to vulva in women can lead to ovarian cancer. In postmenopausal women, using talcum powder can also increase risk of endometrial cancer.
Sodas or beverages which come with extra sugar are high in glycemic index and have been linked to endometrial cancer. They increase the blood sugar levels, which causes obesity and increases risks of ovarian, gall bladder, pancreatic and postmenopausal breast cancer. You should limit consumption of these beverages to a bare minimum.
8. Excess of Salt
Regularly consuming diets which are high in salt can increase your risk of stomach cancer. The body gets the sodium it requires from natural sources of foods and hence there is actually no need to add salt to foods.