MSN released on their lifestyle section [a report from Business Insider] the scientific findings of 25 things that have been certifiably linked to the formation and growth of cancer cells in the human body. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States.
Cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The nasty, debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like an invading army, as toxic cells grow relentlessly into unruly tumors.
Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects. Science has found that eating and breathing certain things can up the risk of developing cancer.
Here is the list of the things we should avoid at all cost and why:
- Processed Foods. Any food that comes in a crinkly plastic wrapper, is industrially sealed, and is designed to last for months without spoiling may be a quick on-the-go fix for a hunger pang, but it’s also most likely increasing your risk of cancer. They’re not sure yet whether the problem is the shelf-stabilizing ingredients, the plastic packaging, or some combination of the two.
- Sugar. “The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth” Johan Thevelein, a Belgian molecular biologist, said in October after the release of his study.
- Smoking and Tanning. Tobacco smoke has at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals inside. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma by 75%. Regular sun can hurt you too, so wearing protective clothing and sunscreen and finding shade are good ideas if you’re going to be out in the sunshine for more than 15 minutes.
- Toxic Chemicals at Work. Those at risk of coming in contact with cancer-causing substances on the job include:
- Aluminum workers.
- Tar pavers, who come in contact with the carcinogen benzene.
- Rubber manufacturers.
- Hairdressers who deal with dyes every day.
- Nail-salon workers breathing in dangerous fumes.
- And everyone who works the night shift (the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified nighttime work as a probable carcinogen in 2007).
- Arsenic and Charred Meat. The World Health Organization says at least 140 million people in 50 countries drink water containing high levels of arsenic. When meats like beef, poultry, or fish are cooked over a hot open flame or pan-fried at high temperatures, they have been found to change DNA in ways that might increase the risk of cancer.
- Coal, Formaldehyde, Asbestos, and Fracking. Coal miners have for years had higher rates of cancer in their lungs, bladder, and stomach. There’s sufficient data to suggest miners who deal with coal gasification or who inhale coal dust can get cancer. Scientists have known for years that formaldehyde can cause nasal cancer in rats. The preserving agent and disinfectant is used in some glues and building products, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer says it can cause cancer in humans too. Asbestos was used as an insulation material for years before the dust was linked to lung cancer. Chemicals used in oil fracking that may be released into air and water include the cancer-causers benzene and formaldehyde.
- Air pollution, obesity, alcohol, and some plastics were also proven to cause cancer in humans when the DNA changed from exposure and long-term abuse of foods and alcohol.
After these findings of proven science have been documented, we now know why cancer is so rampant in today’s society.
Ref. MSN/lifestyle/business insider
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