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Rate-Your-Risk Guide

How much do you have to worry about being a few pounds overweight or using plastic bottles? See what to watch out for—and what’s not worth a second thought

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smoking puts your health at high risk
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High: Smoking

"It's the Mount Everest of risk factors," says Michael Thun, MDMD, emeritus vice president of epidemiology and surveillance research at the American Cancer Society. Thirty percent of cancer deaths (including mouth, pancreatic and kidney

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High: Being 20 Pounds Overweight

Being overweight or obese contributes to up to 20% of all cancer-related deaths. When it comes to breast cancer, being even slightly overweight increases your risk because you have more estrogen circulating in your body.

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High: Being a Couch Potato

People who do moderate to vigorous activity daily are at a lower risk of developing colon and breast cancer than those who don't— even if they don't slim down. Exercise probably reduces levels of estrogen and insulin that are linked to

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High: Skipping Sunscreen

Chronic daily sun exposure is to blame for most non-melanoma skin cancer—and more than a million cases are diagnosed yearly. Getting burned ups your risk of melanoma, which can be deadly.

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Moderate: Having a Glass of Wine Every Night

Yes, it's heart-healthy, but just one drink a day can raise your risk of developing breast, liver and colon cancer by nearly 13%. Limit yourself to one drink (5 oz wine, 12 oz beer, or 1.5 oz hard alcohol) no more than three times a week

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Moderate: Eating French Fries

The scary notion that french fries and chips can cause cancer pops in and out of the news. Experts aren't sure if a chemical (acrylamide) in these foods is to blame, or if it's just that they're high in fat and very processed. Either way

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Moderate to Low: Grilling Outdoors

Cooking meat at high temps creates chemicals that have been linked to cancer. There's also concern that fat that drips onto the coals creates additional carcinogenic chemicals. Once a week is probably OK, especially if you don't char the

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Moderate to Low: Talking on a Cell Phone

About 50 studies have examined whether cell phones cause brain tumors, and so far the findings are reassuring. But it pays to play it safe and use a headset as much as possible: Cell phones are pretty new, so most studies have only looke

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Very Low: Drinking Out of a Plastic Water Bottle

It's not yet clear that limiting your use of products with Bisphenol A (BPA)—a chemical widely used in plastic water and baby bottles, food packaging and compact discs—will reduce your cancer risk, says Dr. Thun. However, there's bee

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Very Low: Applying Makeup

Most cosmetics contain parabens, a preservative (look for ingredients like methylparaben and propylparaben). Because they have weak estrogen-like properties, some critics claim parabens can raise risk of breast cancer.





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