Most of us already aware that too much sun exposure, smoking, and drinking jeopardize our health, but did you know that everyday activities can cause you cancer too?
According to Medical News, here are 10 everyday activities that can cause cancer:
Many adults work sedentary jobs—sitting for eight or more hours at the desk every day. But not getting exercise put you in danger of developing colon cancer, breast cancer, or endometrial cancer—with a higher risk of getting other cancers including liver, myeloma, and kidney cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week, spread out over several days.
2. Drinking tap water
Many are aware that drinking unfiltered tap water can be dangerous for health. But little did we know that besides chromium-6, we can also find arsenic, disinfection byproducts, nitrates and more dangerous element lurking in your water. It’s best to invest in a water filter, be it through a pitcher or by installing a secondary filtration system in our home.
3. Drinking overly hot beverages
A lot of people can’t start their day off with hot coffee or tea, but not many know that beverages served over 140 degrees Fahrenheit can actually elevate your risk of esophageal cancer. To reduce this risk, let the drink cool down before taking your first sip.
4. Heating takeout containers
Reheating our takeout in the container it came in can put us at risk of exposure to styrene—the chemical that can increase the risk of cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, as well as pancreas or esophagus cancer. Reduce this risk by transferring your takeout to a standard plate or bowl!
5. Working the late shift
Several studies indicated that there’s a link between poor sleep and increased cancer risk, with people experiencing circadian rhythm disorders may have a higher rate of breast and prostate cancer. Avoid working a job with odd hours if possible and try to get regular sleep to avoid this risk.
6. Eating red meat
Red meat contains nitrates and nitrites—just like processed meat. Even without these compounds, the process of cooking and eating red meat can actually expose us to other cancer-causing compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—compounds that created when we grill a steak or cook a burger. The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends eating less than 18 ounces of red meat per week to avoid increasing the risk of colorectal cancer.
7. Eating fermented foods
There’s a lot of health benefits to eating fermented food, but some of them can increase your risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Like processed meats, some fermented foods contain high amounts of nitrates and nitrites—compounds that react with proteins in your body to form nitrosamines. So always be mindful of how much-fermented food you’re taking—a balanced diet that includes pickles, sauerkraut, or kimchi as a treat should be safe.
8. Getting your nails done
Yes, nail polishes traditionally contain cancer-causing compounds—chemicals like triphenyl phosphate, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate that can all cause cancer or congenital disabilities. Not just impacted the clients, but manicurists are also at increased risk of being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. So if you like to get your nails done, make sure to visit salons with proper ventilation and the ones that provide gloves and masks.
You can help to take care of weeds with weedkiller when gardening and this actually put yourself in danger as glyphosate (most commonly used weedkiller) has been shown to be carcinogenic to humans. To turn this around, try considering natural methods of weed control and make sure to pull the entire plant when weeding by hand.
10. Exposure to diesel exhaust
We deal with this even when we might not have our own vehicles. Vehicles using diesel fuel belch over 30 different types of carcinogens into the air. That answers why diesel exhaust is linked to lung cancer and how it may put us at higher risk for esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and more. Please consider switching if you drive a personal vehicle fueled by diesel to avoid this.
Who knows even the most common thing you do every day can cause you cancer? So be sure to observe all the precautions!