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Four Habits Linked To Increased Cancer Risk That You Should Stop Right Now

There are a number of habits that increases the risk of cancer and stopping them can help to make you live and stay healthy for long time.

Working the night shift
While there is a need for much research to be done on this, some studies have linked circadian-disruption from working nights (and therefore having possible sleep issues) with increased cancer risk.

Some experts believe it has more to do with decreased immunity and low level inflammation. While you can’t always choose your shift, it might be safe to pick days if you have the option.

Being sedentary
if you’re living a sedentary lifestyle may need to step up your game—literally. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, physical inactivity has been linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer.

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Be sure you’re moving daily, as exercise is extremely important. It brings more oxygen and blood flow to the muscles and organs, which increases cell turnover, and optimizes waste removal. A sedentary lifestyle robs the body of this important jolt to daily maintenance.

Living overweight
This goes along with being sedentary and it is something you need to be aware of. According to the National Cancer Institute, obesity has been associated with increased risks of esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, breast, kidney, and thyroid cancer.

In overweight women especially, fat cells can increase oestrogen levels, increasing risk of endometrial and breast cancer. A number of studies have also found hormonal and inflammatory links between obesity and cancer. Don’t be sedentary, try to exercise daily and keep your diet in check.

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Having oral sex
Having oral sex can increase your risk of cancer. The human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted infection. Oral HPV that can ultimately cause cancer in the neck and throat, known as oropharyngeal cancers.

HPV causes cells to become abnormal and it can result in cancer if not treated. There are not much research available on how to prevent oral HPV, but using condoms and dental dams will lower the chances of passing or contracting the infection.

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