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High Percent of Cancers Caused by Lifestyle and Environmental Factors we have Power to Change
by Ralph Teller

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List of Lifestyle Factors Causing Cancer

Many people believe that cancer is down to fate, is 'in the genes,' or is the luck of the draw whether they get it. However, it's clear that 43% of all new cases of cancer are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.

Medical research has clearly attributed cancer to 1 of 15 factors:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Lack of Fruit and Vegetables
  • Lack of Dietary Fiber
  • Processed Meat
  • Too much Salt
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Excessive Ultra Violet Radiation. However, see the extreme importance of getting sufficient levels of Vitamin D from sunlight: Vitamin D Health Benefits, Vitamin D Synthesis, Natural Food Sources of Vitamin D, Deficiency and Photoprotection
  • Ionizing Radiation (e.g. X-Rays)
  • Lack of Physical Exercise
  • Occupational Exposure (e.g., asbestos)
  • Infections (e.g., human papillomavirus [HPV]
  • Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Lack of Breast-feeding
  • The most prevalent lifetyle cause of cancer is tobacco, followed by obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, and diet. Tobacco is the most important avoidable cause of cancer, responsible for almost 20% of all cases of cancer. Each of these four main causes of cancer also substantially contribute to causing cardiovascular, diabetic, renal and hepatic disease.

    Eating fruit and vegetables proves to be very important in protecting men against cancer!

    As noted above, Ionizing Radiation, e.g. X-Rays are one of the top 15 causes cancer. Goverments are telling people that the full body X-Ray machines used for airport security are completetly safe. Does anyone else have doubts about that?

    Cancers in Men

    Risk Factor Cancers Attributed to Risk Factor (%)
    Tobacco 23.0
    Lack of fruit and vegetables 6.1
    Occupational exposure 4.9
    Alcohol 4.6
    Overweight and obesity 4.1
    Excessive sun exposure and sunbeds 3.5

    Cancers in Women

    Risk Factor Cancers Attributed to Risk Factor (%)
    Tobacco 15.6
    Overweight and obesity 6.9
    Infections (e.g., HPV) 3.7
    Excessive sun exposure and sunbeds 3.6
    Lack of fruit and vegetables 3.4
    Alcohol 3.3

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