Last updated on September 2nd, 2016 at 09:53 am
Cancer inspires fear. Obesity gets massive publicity. It causes cancer. Other factors known to cause cancer get less attention than things like cigarettes. Cancer prevention depends on a thorough understanding of the disease and its causes. Get a better understanding of the disease. Read about some surprising things that cause cancer. Knowing these can change your life. You can also help your friends and family.
The Birth Control Pill Causes Cancer
Reports from the American Cancer Society show that women that use birth control pills have a significant risk of having breast cancer. Studies attribute hormones and hormone-related factors to the problem. Women using the pill should talk to their doctor. Discuss ways to avoid cancer with your doctor. Examples of possible solutions include changing the types of food you eat. Pay attention to the things you drink, exercising more often, and having children while younger than thirty years old.
Low Exposure to Sunlight Causes Cancer
You might already know that too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes cancer in the form of skin cancers such as melanoma. You might let your concern about sun exposure cause you to stay altogether out of the sun and develop other problems. Too little sunlight can cause Vitamin D deficiencies that might open the body to cancers of the colon, pancreas, and rectum. Try balancing your exposure to the sun and supplementing your intake of vitamin D with milk and other fortified food. Standard household items such as sunscreen can help you safely enjoy the sun while promoting healthy skin.
Working at Night Causes Cancer
Studies have shown that females who work three or more nights per month have an increased risk of breast and colorectal cancers. Males who work at night have a threefold risk of developing prostate cancer compared to their counterparts who work during the day. Night workers also have higher rates of bladder, colon, pancreas, and lung cancers. Experts think the added cancer risk stems from sleep deprivation and varying levels of melatonin in the body.
Nighttime workers can help counter their increased risk. You can take melatonin supplements and sleep longer during the day in a darkened room. A new type of workplace lighting gives employers a chance to improve the health of their workers.
Risky Sex Causes Cancer
A sexually transmitted virus causes cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancers of the cervix. Same thing for cancers of the vagina, anus, throat, mouth, and penis. Hepatitis B and C have connections to liver cancer. HIV increases the risk of Kaposi’s sarcoma and lymphoma.
Age Causes Cancer
Growing old causes cancer. Cells in the body deteriorate with age. Time weakens defensive responses. You can minimize the effect of aging. You can control the cancer risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People who get regular exercise, avoid alcohol and tobacco and stay at a healthy weight reduce their chances of getting cancer in old age.
You can minimize your cancer risk. Have regular physical checkups. You should have routine screenings. If you get cancer and catch it early, you can live long. Increase the likelihood that you will enjoy a long healthy life.