So many new possible things that can cause cancer come up all the time, making it difficult to know what to believe and what to disregard.
It is more important to be aware of the things that you are doing everyday that could put you at risk. There are daily habits that are seriously harming your health and they could range from how you prepare your meals to where you put your phone when you sleep.
Here are the things that you have no idea might cause you cancer;
1. Sitting too much
In a 2014 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, German researchers analysed data from 43 reviews and discovered that for every two more hours of dormant behaviour a day, an individual’s danger of endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer went up by 10 percent, 6 percent and 8 percent respectively.
2. Using scented candles
There is always something soothing about these perfumed candles. Though most people love them, they can cause a lot of damage. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these candles contain harmful chemicals such as toluene and benzene, and inhaling them so often might increase your risk of cancer.
3. Working the night shift
Although you might not believe working when it is dark and sleeping when it is light would do any serious harm to the body, a 2013 research published in the Journal of British Medical discovered that night shift can raise the chances of one getting breast cancer. This can happen because of melatonin suppression.
4. Wearing deodorant
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If you have not tried natural deodorants yet then this will make reconsider your options. Though the World Health Organization (WHO), says there is no clear connection that has been made between cancer and deodorant now, studies have suggested that the aluminium substances in deodorants that prevent you from becoming sweaty might cause damage when absorbed into the skin. This aluminium compound changes the oestrogen receptors possibly causing breast cancer.
5. Using makeup that contains parabens
According to the Journal of Applied Toxicology, parabens, a chemical substance used as a preservative in a number of skincare and makeup products, are absorbed through the skin. This can promote the development of breast cancer cells.
6. Sleeping with your phone next to your head
Although you might love falling asleep to your favourite music track, you should ensure to put your phone as far as possible from your head as you are sleeping. According to the WHO, exposure to radio-frequency energy phones release can cause brain cancer.
7. Flying frequently
Flying too often might expose you to high levels of UV radiation, this puts frequent flyers at a great risk of skin cancer. A 2015 research published in the JAMA Dermatology discovered that at 30,000 feet the UV levels are twice more than those on the ground.