18. Smoking


Although the tobacco industry has tried to keep it out of people’s minds, it is a well-known fact that tobacco smoke has at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals inside it. Unfortunately, it is not just smokers who are affected by this toxic smoke, but those who inhale secondhand smoke can develop cancer as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent.”

17. Tanning and Unprotected Sun Exposure

Sun Exposure

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent. Aside from the harsh light from tanning beds, the sun’s rays are also responsible for melanoma. So taking precautions such as using protective clothing and sunscreen, as well as finding shade whenever possible, is a great idea if you are planning on being out in the sunshine for more than 15 minutes.

16. Toxic Chemicals at Work

Toxic Chemicals

People who are exposed to cancer-causing substances at work daily are also highly vulnerable to cancer. Such jobs can include aluminum workers, painters, tar pavers who work with the carcinogen benzene, rubber manufacturers, hairdressers who deal with hair dyes, and nail salon workers who breathe in dangerous fumes.

Related: 11 Toxic Household Items You Should Throw Away NOW


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