These 4 Seemingly-Harmless Things Could Lead To Cancer

You might not even realise that you’re exposing yourself to these risks.
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Cancer is probably one of the deadliest diseases today. While you might feel that you are helpless in the face of this illness, there are ways that you can actually reduce the risk of getting cancer. Small alterations in your diet and lifestyle can go a long way in keeping the big C at bay. Here is a list of things that you should avoid...

1. Sugar

You know who else, besides you, is a big fan of sugar? Cancer. Yes, that’s true, scientists have revealed that sugar actually promotes the growth of the tumour in the body. A study, conducted by molecular biologists in Belgium, and published in the journal Nature Communications, talks about how cancer cells get their energy from fermenting sugar and this process actually stimulates the growth of cancer cells. "The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth," lead study author and Belgian molecular biologist Johan Thevelein, a professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, said in a press release.




2. Processed Food

While they may be the most delicious snacks that we have ever tasted, it’s best to go slow when it comes to processed food. A study conducted with 1,00,000 French adults found an association with people who ate processed food and those who developed cancer. What all should you avoid, you ask? Well, here’s a list given by the researchers - sweet pastries and muffins, chips, candy, sodas, frozen dinners like meatballs and fish sticks, instant ramen noodles and sugary cereals. It was seen that a 10 per cent increase in the consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with a 12 per cent increase in the risk of developing overall cancer and 11 per cent increase in the risk of breast cancer.




3. Tanning

Yes, we know we all love the sun, but it might be a good idea to not over-expose ourselves to it. According to a press release by the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 years, increase their risk of developing melanoma by 75 per cent. In fact, the Centres For Disease Control And Prevention, the national public health institute in the US, says that we should invest in some protective clothing and sunscreen if we know we will be in the sun for more than 15 minutes.




4. Alcohol

Nothing, and we repeat, nothing good has ever come out of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The National Cancer Institute claims that heavy alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing different types of cancers. The research goes on to say that the risk increases as a person increases his consumption of alcohol.




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