11. Not drinking enough water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps everything in your body working properly. It also dilutes harmful substances in the urine, potentially helping to reduce your risk of bladder cancer, according the Cleveland Clinic. So drink up—not just because it reduces your cancer risk, but also because These Are the Effects of Dehydration on Your Body, According to a Doctor.
12. Using a plastic water bottle
But if your go-to water comes from a plastic bottle, you might want to switch to something that’s glass, steel, or ceramic. According to the nonprofit organization plastic beverage containers can contaminate liquids with potentially harmful chemicals like BPA, a weak synthetic hormone that can mess with your body’s hormonal balance and increase your risk of breast cancer. There are still mixed opinions on whether plastic bottles actually cause cancer or not, but it’s best to steer clear., research suggests that
13. Avoiding fruits and vegetables
Not a fan of fruits and vegetables? Well, according to Harvard’s School of Public Health, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis has been shown to lessen your chances of developing cancer. So it may be worth it to find a fruit or veggie or two that you can handle.
14. Eating too much rice
A 2018 research analysis published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that a very credible threat to your overall health exists in your rice: arsenic. Although the levels of arsenic can vary in rices across the world, any product that contains rice—including cereal—poses a risk of developing cancer.
15. Undergoing hormonal replacement therapy
According to an oft-cited 2002 study published in the Lancet journal, there’s strong evidence showing a link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—often used by women during menopause—and an increased risk of a breast cancer diagnosis. So, with that said, be sure to discuss all the risks of HRT with your doctor before heading down that path.