7 Common Habits That Are Linked To Cancer In Women But Not In Men

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7 Common Habits That Are Linked To Cancer In Women But Not In Men

Cancer does not discriminate on the basis of gender.

Cancer does not discriminate on the basis of gender. According to the National Cancer Institute, it’s estimated that 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in a year and the disease can affect everyone differently. If you want to assess your risk, there are many factors to consider, but according to an oncologist, there are key differences between habits that can increase the likelihood of a diagnosis in men and women.

Although he says it’s isn’t perfectly clear as to why these differences exist, one theory is that women might lead healthier lifestyles than men. According to Dr. Stegall, men tend to drink more alcohol, eat less healthy, and are less active than women overall.

There are many factors that go into someone’s risk of developing cancer, but certain habits can play role. “We have a lot of evidence showing that cancer risk is significantly increased in people who eat highly processed, high sugar, high fat diets,” he says. The risk of getting cancer is also significantly increased in those who lead sedentary lives, smoke, and drink to excess. Significant stress and anxiety can also increase one’s risk, he says.

In short, your habits matter. So here are some common habits that are linked to cancer in women more than men, according to research.

Drinking From Plastic Bottles

Research has found that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) can increase the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer. BPA is a common product that can be found in plastic water bottles and containers. According to Dr. Stegall, BPA is a xenoestrogen which is a chemical compound that can imitate estrogen. Since its makeup is close enough to estrogen, it can disrupt hormonal balance in the body and lead to the initiation of cancer formation. Although researchers can’t really say for certain that BPA exposure causes cancer, a 2014 University of Texas Arlington study found a link between BPA and breast cancer tumor growth.

Some women will use baby powder around the vagina, but one of the major concerns in doing so is the link between talc, which is a mineral made up of elements like magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, and cancer. According to Dr. Stegall, baby powder (talcum powder) has been shown to increase risk of endometrial cancer in women. Researchers theorize that perineal talc use will somehow cause particles from the powder to travel through the vagina and into the ovaries, causing inflammation. While the American Cancer Society recognizes the possible link between talc and ovarian cancer, they say that findings have been mixed. If there is an increase, it’s likely to be “very small.” In other words, more research needs to be done.

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