Factors That Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Cancer is a very common and very deadly disease. Even without exposure to any dangerous substance, it’s entirely possible to randomly develop this deadly ailment. Thus, everyone should be aware of what situations and materials do lead to a higher risk of cancer.

Poor Diet Habits

Diet is a hugely important part of physical and personal health for many reasons. You might be surprised to know that it also can have a big effect on cancer. Cancer, after all, is simply the routine cell growth that we all experience constantly – but out of control. Your nutrients directly affect your cells and thus directly affect your likelihood of cancer. 

Processed foods that are high in sugar and low in nutrients have been shown to increase cancer rates. This is especially true for foods that cause a steep increase in blood sugar. Refined carbs can also be potentially risky, as well as carcinogens that result from processed and overcooked meat.

An Unsafe Job

There are many important but difficult jobs that have to be done by somebody – until they can be automated when technology allows it. In many cases, that means regular exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, like gasoline, smog, smoke, acids, unrefined oil, and many more. Long and repetitive exposure to those chemicals can affect a person in the long run. That’s why it’s important that there’s always AED in your workplace that can be used for emergency situations. 

Thankfully, almost all modern workplaces are aware of the risks and have safety measures to counteract such conditions. That might include PPE that you are required to wear on the job site (gas masks, gloves, hazmat suits, etc.). Always make sure to follow all safety guidelines. SDS sheets provide critical information about safety hazards in a workplace as well.

Childhood Trauma

Our bodies and minds are inextricably connected. Our mental health and our traumas have physical symptoms and indicators. It has been shown that childhood trauma especially is a significant influence on developing cancer later on in life. Unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms that you develop from trauma can also contribute negatively to your physical health. Injuries change the brain, which in turn, changes the body. 

Here’s the important part: healing changes the brain too. If you have significant trauma in your past, you should speak to both medical and psychiatric professionals. Cancer is the kind of horrible disease that can strike anybody at any time. You should do your best to prepare for it. Look into your family’s medical history for genetic patterns. Be aware in the workplace. Don’t be afraid to visit a doctor regularly to check for anomalies.

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