Monday, July 30, 2012

6 Strange cancer risk factors

Saw this from here and i found it rather interesting!

Height

As it turns out, your height can actually be detrimental to your health. The vertically challenged everywhere might be relieved to know that they're less likely to contract ovarian and prostate cancers than their taller counterparts.
  • For every 2 inch increase over 5'3", the risk of ovarian cancer increases by 7 percent. (Luckily i'm only 5'15"! Heeehe!)
  • Taller women have an increased risk of 10 different cancers compared to shorter women.

Birth Order

As it turns out, the order in which you were born may affect your risk of developing cancer. In some studies, first-born boys have been shown to have an increased risk of testicular cancer compared to boys that were born second, third or later in line.
Molecular geneticist and spokesperson for the Institute for Cancer Research, Elizabeth Rapley, acknowledges that many studies have shown that first-born children are exposed to higher levels of estrogen in the womb, which increases the risk of testicular cancer.

Dry Cleaning

Would you believe that you could increase your risk of developing cancer just by taking your clothes to the dry cleaners? Many studies have shown an increased risk of cancer in both men and women, especially breast cancer in women, who wear dry cleaned clothing, thanks to the use of perchloroethylene, or PERC, a solvent used in the cleaning process.
  • Americans spent more than $7 billion on dry cleaning in 2008
  • 3 out of 4 dry cleaners nationwide use PERC solvents
  • Short-term exposure to PERC, mostly by breathing it in, can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, sweating, and incoordination or unconsciousness

Obesity

As if the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease weren't bad enough, being overweight or obese also puts individuals at increased risk of cancer.
Compared to individuals of normal or healthy weights, overweight or obese persons have been show to be at much greater risk of cancer of the:
  • breast
  • esophagus
  • colon
  • rectum
  • kidney
  • pancreas
  • thyroid
  • gallbladder
  • and endometrium (lining of the uterus)

Asbestos

According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos is "the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers." Used largely in construction industries for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, sound absorption, and strengthening cement, exposure occurs typically in the home, office,or community buildings.
Studies have linked asbestos to increases in lung cancer, mesothelioma, and potentially gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers. There have also been inclusive studies that show asbestos poses an increased threat of cancer to the throat, kidneys, esophagus, and gallbladder.

Cell Phones

Although thought to be a myth, there has been some concern, despite inconclusive studies, that non-ionizing radiation from cell phones can be absorbed by tissues nearest to where the phone is held, resulting in the growth of brain tumors.
  • As of 2010, there were more than 303 million cell phone subscribers in the United States.
  • An estimated 5 billion people use cell phones world wide
More research is being conducted to determine if there is a consistent link between cell phone use and brain cancer.

 


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