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9 Proven Risk Factors for Cancer

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9 Proven Risk Factors for Cancer

Almost everyone is worried about cancer these days.  While you can’t eliminate all risk factors for the disease, most are changeable.  Here are nine proven risk factors for cancer, according to Cancer: Prevention and Politics:

Age. Most cancers strike over the age of 45.  That doesn’t mean you’re immune if you’re younger than that, but it does mean as you age you should make sure to improve the factors you can change.

Bad habitssmoking (increases lung cancer), excessive alcohol consumption has been linked with cancer, using illicit drugs also plays a role in some types of cancer.

Geographical location. Industrialized countries have much higher rates of certain cancers than undeveloped countries. However, it is believed that environmental factors such as lifestyle, culture, diet, water, and air quality may play roles in cancers linked by geographical region.

Diet. High fat intake is linked to breast, colon, ovarian, kidney, lung, and endometrial cancers; low fiber intake is linked to higher rates of colon cancer; increased phytoestrogen intake may be linked with lower rates of breast cancer.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:05PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

Good info thanks.

7:24AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013


2:33AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

Thank you :)

11:27AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Interesting info. Thank you.

1:31PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

That's a bit of a sobering list to wake up to. Really is there anything out there that doesn't cause cancer these days?

5:35AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Lifestyle is the key

1:27AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thank you :)

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