Could your cuppa or a tight belt raise your cancer risks?

Published date28 February 2023
In a study by the University of Cambridge, people who liked their drink very hot had a four times greater risk of developing oesophageal cancer. It is thought thermal injury damages the throat allowing the dangerous cells to form

Add a splash of cold milk and wait a few minutes for it to cool down before guzzling.

Tight clothes: While there's no good evidence showing wearing tight undies can cause testicular cancer, you might not want to wear a belt or waistband that is too restrictive. A Scottish study in 2013 linked the

Keep relaxed habit to increased acid reflux, which can damage cells in the oesophagus, sometimes leading to cancer.

Sitting down: Spending too long being sedentary isn't just a risk for your heart. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found those who spend more than six hours a day sitting down are up to 10% more likely to develop cancers of the womb and lungs.

Try to work regular movement breaks into your day so you get your circulation pumping.


Other researchers linked binge-watching more than four hours of TV a day with a higher chance of bowel cancer, so get off the sofa in the evening and move around more.

Oral sex: The human papilloma virus is known to trigger mouth and throat cancer. It is often passed on through oral sex.

Research reveals having oral sex at a younger age and with more partners in a shorter time period heightens the risk.

Men are four times more likely to get cancer this way than women, according to a US study.

If eligible, make sure you (or your children) have the HPV vaccine. Staying up: Being a night owl has been associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a study by the University of Bristol, so try going to bed by 11pm.

Women who stay...

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