15 Craziest Things That Can Cause Cancer

Everyone knows that certain things like smoking cigarettes or working and living around asbestos can cause cancer. However, there are a lot of other things that have links to cancer and many of them fly under the radar as being carcinogens. These are the craziest things we have found linked to cancer.

15. Diesel fumes

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The World Health Organization labeled diesel fumes a public health threat on par with secondhand cigarette smoke. If you are in an enclosed area with the fumes you greatly increase the risk of developing lung cancer. In an open area the risk is much reduced, however.

The World Health Organization labeled diesel fumes a public health threat on par with secondhand cigarette smoke. If you are in an enclosed area with the fumes you greatly increase the risk of developing lung cancer. In an open area the risk is much reduced, however.

14. Night shift work

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As someone who worked the night shift I can tell you it sucks. Beyond that, it poses significant health risks, including cancer. The World Health Organization saw a significant increase in breast cancer among women who worked the night shift. Apparently working the night shift disrupts sleep patterns, suppresses melatonin production and deregulates genes involved in tumor development.

As someone who worked the night shift I can tell you it sucks. Beyond that, it poses significant health risks, including cancer. The World Health Organization saw a significant increase in breast cancer among women who worked the night shift. Apparently working the night shift disrupts sleep patterns, suppresses melatonin production and deregulates genes involved in tumor development.

13. Alcohol

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It is bad enough that excessive drinking can ruin your liver but it has been labeled as a carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 1997. Alcohol-related cancer deaths amounted to 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States. So while those glasses of wine might be good for the heart it could be giving you breast, colon, liver or esophageal cancer. Screw you cancer for ruining all the fun.

It is bad enough that excessive drinking can ruin your liver but it has been labeled as a carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 1997. Alcohol-related cancer deaths amounted to 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States. So while those glasses of wine might be good for the heart it could be giving you breast, colon, liver or esophageal cancer. Screw you cancer for ruining all the fun.

12. Sugary beverages

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Well, with alcohol on the list of carcinogens we might as well add soda, sweetened tea and even lemonade to the list. Any beverage with a lot of sugar increases your risk of endometrial cancer. Oh, and diet drinks also cause cancer. Water for everyone!

Well, with alcohol on the list of carcinogens we might as well add soda, sweetened tea and even lemonade to the list. Any beverage with a lot of sugar increases your risk of endometrial cancer. Oh, and diet drinks also cause cancer. Water for everyone!

11. Grilled meat

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First cancer takes alcohol away and now it takes grilled meats away. According to the National Cancer Institute, cooking beef, pork poultry or fish using high-temperature methods, like grilling, can form chemicals that have been linked to cancer in animals. It can lead to colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.

First cancer takes alcohol away and now it takes grilled meats away. According to the National Cancer Institute, cooking beef, pork poultry or fish using high-temperature methods, like grilling, can form chemicals that have been linked to cancer in animals. It can lead to colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.

10. Sunscreen

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Yes, sunscreen. First it was the sun that was a skin cancer risk so people lathered up on sunscreen to protect themselves. Now sunscreen is being seen as a potential skin cancer risk because it can damage cells. The Missouri University of Science and Technology performed a study that showed chemicals released in sunscreen when exposed to UV light can actually be just as harmful to the skin as the sun itself. More studies are being performed to find the definite link so it would be wise not to ditch the sunscreen just yet.

Yes, sunscreen. First it was the sun that was a skin cancer risk so people lathered up on sunscreen to protect themselves. Now sunscreen is being seen as a potential skin cancer risk because it can damage cells. The Missouri University of Science and Technology performed a study that showed chemicals released in sunscreen when exposed to UV light can actually be just as harmful to the skin as the sun itself. More studies are being performed to find the definite link so it would be wise not to ditch the sunscreen just yet.

9. Sitting too much

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Sitting on your rear end for long periods of time is detrimental to your health in several ways. It isn’t good for your heart and it also increases the risk of contracting colorectal, postmenopausal breast and endometrial cancer. The National Cancer Institute found that people who sat for longer periods and were less active when not sitting drastically increased their risk for certain types of cancer. The best preventative measure is movement throughout the day and not just exercising in long stretches.

Sitting on your rear end for long periods of time is detrimental to your health in several ways. It isn’t good for your heart and it also increases the risk of contracting colorectal, postmenopausal breast and endometrial cancer. The National Cancer Institute found that people who sat for longer periods and were less active when not sitting drastically increased their risk for certain types of cancer. The best preventative measure is movement throughout the day and not just exercising in long stretches.

8. Oral sex

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Cancer literally ruins everything. Michael Douglas was made fun of after claiming his cancer came from too much oral sex. The thing is, studies show that there is a link now. A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported a rising rate of oropharyngeal cancer which can stem from the HPV virus. It is acquired through mouth to genital contact. You would need to have six or more oral partners to have the increased risk, however. That doesn’t bode well for much of the population.

Cancer literally ruins everything. Michael Douglas was made fun of after claiming his cancer came from too much oral sex. The thing is, studies show that there is a link now. A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported a rising rate of oropharyngeal cancer which can stem from the HPV virus. It is acquired through mouth to genital contact. You would need to have six or more oral partners to have the increased risk, however. That doesn’t bode well for much of the population.

7. Insomonia

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Insomnia is bad enough on its own but research has shown that those who can’t sleep double their risk of certain cancers. In men it is prostate cancer. The less sleep you get the more likely you are to develop cancer.

Insomnia is bad enough on its own but research has shown that those who can’t sleep double their risk of certain cancers. In men it is prostate cancer. The less sleep you get the more likely you are to develop cancer.

6. Stress

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Studies in mice has shown that those that exhibit more nervousness are more susceptible to developing tumors than those that exhibit less nervousness. But don’t get too excited if you are stoic.

Studies in mice has shown that those that exhibit more nervousness are more susceptible to developing tumors than those that exhibit less nervousness. But don’t get too excited if you are stoic.

5. Stoicism

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Yep, if you happen to be British you might be proud of your stoicism. Your stiff upper lip might be contributing to an increase in cancer. Researchers in Britain found that the more stoic you are the more likely you are to die from cancer. Basically you are just keeping the stress bottled up. Bottom line is, release that stress.

Yep, if you happen to be British you might be proud of your stoicism. Your stiff upper lip might be contributing to an increase in cancer. Researchers in Britain found that the more stoic you are the more likely you are to die from cancer. Basically you are just keeping the stress bottled up. Bottom line is, release that stress.

4. Snoring

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According to a study done by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, snoring can increase your risk of developing cancer. Those who snore might be five times more likely to develop cancer than sound sleepers.

According to a study done by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, snoring can increase your risk of developing cancer. Those who snore might be five times more likely to develop cancer than sound sleepers.

3. Processed meat

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Americans consume vast amounts of processed meats. Sometimes we don’t even realize it. However, studies have shown that all those hot dogs we chow down on can not only increase your cancer risk but also increase your heart disease risk as well. A study of about 500,000 people in England showed that those who ate more processed meat were more than twice at risk for developing cancer.

Americans consume vast amounts of processed meats. Sometimes we don’t even realize it. However, studies have shown that all those hot dogs we chow down on can not only increase your cancer risk but also increase your heart disease risk as well. A study of about 500,000 people in England showed that those who ate more processed meat were more than twice at risk for developing cancer.

2. Deodorant

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Your daily routine to stay fresh can actually be giving you cancer according to studies in England. Parabens, chemical agents found in deodorant and processed meats among many other products, have been found in breast cancers. Researchers believe the chemicals soak into the skin and disrupt cells in certain parts of the body. Parabens are also found in face washes but no link between face washes and cancer has been identified yet.

Your daily routine to stay fresh can actually be giving you cancer according to studies in England. Parabens, chemical agents found in deodorant and processed meats among many other products, have been found in breast cancers. Researchers believe the chemicals soak into the skin and disrupt cells in certain parts of the body. Parabens are also found in face washes but no link between face washes and cancer has been identified yet.

1. Air

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Yes, the air you breath might increase your risk for cancer depending on how polluted it is. We have already seen diesel fumes on this list but when you factor in all different types of pollutants in the air you could be at a high risk of cancer. While this isn’t a major problem in most first world countries, it is in developing nations and in China where air quality is a severe health risk due to smog and pollution.

Yes, the air you breath might increase your risk for cancer depending on how polluted it is. We have already seen diesel fumes on this list but when you factor in all different types of pollutants in the air you could be at a high risk of cancer. While this isn’t a major problem in most first world countries, it is in developing nations and in China where air quality is a severe health risk due to smog and pollution.

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