Cancer is a devastating disease.

However, cancer is becoming a common disease in many countries.

Many years ago, hardly anyone knows anyone with cancer. Now, it seems that cancer is so prevalent that everyone knows someone with cancer.

What are the causes of cancer? Can you prevent cancer?

The fact is that everyone has cancer risks. You cannot prevent cancer. You can only lower the risks of getting cancer.

Knowledge is the key to lowering the risk of getting cancer.

Let us look at the common causes of cancer, and see if you can do anything about it.

1. Family history

Some forms of cancers tend to run in the family. This is one factor that is beyond your control.

You cannot control the genes present in the body. The same gene that makes you look like a movie star may cause cancer.

2. Diet

A poor diet is the main cause of cancers for many patients.

This is the most preventable cause of cancer. If you know that eating junk food is bad for you, and increase the risk of cancer, you can stop eating junk food.

Nobody is pointing a gun at you to force the junk food into your body every day.

A poor diet will definitely result in ill health. It does not matter whether you die from stroke, cancer or other chronic illnesses, the fact is that you are the cause of suffering, pain and premature death.

The happy news is that it takes years for the poor diet to take a toll in your body. It takes years of eating junk food to cause cancer.

You can reverse the trend by healthy eating. You can choose the food you want to eat.

If you do not want to die from cancer, you need to stop eating junk food immediately. You need to adopt healthy eating immediately.

3. Smoking

Smoking does cause cancer. Smoking is linked to lung cancer, throat cancer and other forms of cancers.

A smoker may not die from lung cancer.

A smoker can cause someone in the family to die from lung cancer through inhaling of second hand smoke.

If you want to reduce the risk of cancer, you need to stop smoking.

You have to make up your mind to stop smoking for good. You have to learn to deal with stress in another way, so that you do not start to smoke when you are in a stressful environment.

4. Pollutants

Pollutants are present in the air and the food we eat.

If you live in a polluted city or an industrial estate, you are in the high risk group for cancer.

While you cannot clear the air of pollutants, you can prevent yourself from eating food with additives or pollutants.

You can eat organic fruits and vegetables to reduce the risks of taking in pollutants.

You can consider moving away from the most polluted part of the city to other areas.

You can even consider seeking employment in other places to get away from the polluted air.

5. Stress

Stress is a main killer in modern society.

The stress from work causes heart attack and other health problems. The fact is that not all people working in the high-stressed environment are ill.

Some people are very healthy and energetic. Stress seems to make them happier and more productive.

If you are working in a very stressful condition, you have to learn to relieve stress in a healthy way.

If you really cannot take the stress, it is better to quit the job, and lead a simpler life. Health is more valuable than the money you make in the job.

The minute you get cancer, you will spend a lot of money on treatment. You will find that even money is useless in this case. Money cannot lessen the suffering and pain from cancer. Money cannot get rid of the fear of death.

Money cannot take away the cancerous cells immediately. You need to undergo expensive and painful treatment with no guarantee of survival.

6. Sedentary lifestyle

Sweating is a way the body gets rid of waste material from the skin.

When you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you will find that you hardly sweat. You will find that the blood circulation is poor.

You will find that you are prone to all kind of sicknesses. A low immunity is often a result of sedentary lifestyle.

Many people end up with chronic illnesses, such as cancer.

This is the factor that is totally within your control. You can choose to walk for an hour after dinner every night. Even if you hate to leave your house after dinner, you can buy a treadmill and exercise at home.

There is no reason for sedentary lifestyle. You feel bad about yourself. You cannot sleep well at night. You know you need to get more active.

For the sake of reducing the risk of cancer, force yourself to start walking.

All these are the common causes of cancers.

Cancer is a preventable sickness in most cases. As long as you reduce the risk factors of cancer to a minimum, you can stay away from this dreaded disease