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Everyday Habits That Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Getting Cancer

“Cancer” is one of the scariest words in the English language. Even as our knowledge grows and the treatment options expand, it’s still a disease no one wants to ever endure. We should all do what we can to prevent it.

While some cancer diagnoses remain a mystery, we do know of a few ways to increase — and reduce — our risks. The foods we eat, the lifestyle we live, and even the jobs we have can all contribute to our risk factors.

Not all cancers are created equal

Young cancer patient standing in front of hospital window.

Young cancer patient standing in front of hospital window. Each patient will undergo a treatment unique to their needs. | Prudkov/iStock/Getty Images

While cancer is a diagnosis no one wants to receive, and all cancer is serious business, some types are definitely deadlier than others. Lung and bronchial cancer, bladder cancer, and brain cancer are some of the most fatal types, while some, like ovarian cancer, have high survival rates as long as they’re caught early.

If you’re guilty of any of these seemingly harmless tendencies, you could be putting your health at risk.

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