Because of widespread dissemination of false information, people often believe that cancer-causing carcinogens are hiding in the foods they consume and the appliances they use. But actually, it’s unavoidable factors (age, genetics) and unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking) that are some of the most common cancer causes—with food and electronics playing almost no role whatsoever in causing the disease.
To put your fears to rest once and for all, we’ve compiled the real reasons most people get cancer. And for ways to stay ahead of the disease, don’t miss the 20 Skin Cancer Symptoms Everyone Needs to Know.
According to the National Cancer Institute, inherited gene mutations contribute to anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of all cancer cases. In these instances, individuals may be passed down what are known as hereditary cancer syndromes, or disorders that could make them more susceptible to certain types of cancer. Examples of genes involved in hereditary cancer syndromes include TP53, BRCA1, and BRCA2, which all under normal circumstances help prevent the growth of tumors and repair damaged DNA.