What can increase your risk of cancer?

Do you know the lifestyle factors that are increasing your risk of cancer?

With a new scare story in the newspapers seemingly every day, it can be difficult to separate the myths from the reality.

Obesity & weight

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of 11 types of cancer


Drinking alcohol increases the risk of six cancers, including bowel and breast

Poor diet

Your diet can have a positive or negative effect on your cancer risk

Red meat

Eating too much red meat and any processed meat increases cancer risk

Being inactive

Not being physically active enough increases your risk of developing cancer


Salt-preserved foods have been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer


Smoking tobacco is the biggest cause of cancer around the world

Sun and UV

Sunbeds, sunbathing and too much exposure to sunlight can cause cancer


Almost a fifth of cancers around the world are caused by infections

HRT and the Pill

HRT and hormonal contraception have been linked with certain cancers

Inherited genes and family history

Only about 5 to 10 per cent of all cancers result from specific inherited genes

Radiation and pollution

Info on mobile phones, X-rays, microwaves and many other types of radiation

Myths and controversies

Can plastic or breast implants cause cancer? We answer common questions