Cancer is one of the most serious and deadliest diseases there is. Not many people can overcome it, and the ones who do will still need to take care of themselves and do regular checkups to see if the disease comes back.
That being said, we’re all at risk of getting cancer. Just in 2020, the total number of new cancer cases was over 1,806,590, and the cancer death rate is that of 158.3 per 100,000 men and women per year.
If you want to reduce your cancer risk, you need to take the necessary precautions. Here are eight things you need to avoid to reduce your risk of cancer.
8. Smoking Causes Cancer (Shocking, right?)
You’ve probably heard that smoking is extremely harmful to your health for your entire life, but you might not know that passive smoking can be just as harmful, if not more dangerous, than normal smoking.
Passive smoking, also known as secondhand smoking, occurs when you breathe in the smoke from a cigar or cigarette. The smoke of a cigarette produces about 5000 chemicals, and at least 70 of them are cancer-causing, meaning they damage the DNA, which will produce cancerous cells.
The good news is that, as long as you aren’t constantly breathing the smoke, you’ll be safe. At least, safer than regular smokers and secondhand smokers.
What’s even more surprising is that smoking can cause cancer in other parts of your body, including the mouth, throat, digestive tract, liver, pancreas, respiratory tract, kidneys, urinary bladder, and even cervix.
7. Hot Beverages Can Also Cause Cancer
Believe it or not, it’s said that very hot beverages can cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, also known as IARC, determined that drinking very hot beverages of a temperature above 65 degrees Celsius or about 149 degrees Fahrenheit can be carcinogenic. Meaning, they can cause cancer.
Fear not, my coffee lovers. The IARC also mentioned that beverages such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate aren’t part of that list. At least in the US, these beverages are usually drunk at temperatures lower than 149 degrees. So you can keep drinking your coffee in peace.