Home > Medical > Cancer > Multimedia > Sponsored Updated 29 August 2014 8 things that you didn't know caused cancer There are new studies everyday telling you that something or other can give you cancer. This video breaks down the myths and shows you some scary surprises. 4 Shutterstock Related Timing of first smoke affects lung cancer risk A cancer crisis and a fabulous state hospital How sitting too much can cause cancer Quiz Cancer: are you at risk? » Cancer is a group of diseases that can affect virtually any part of the body. Common types include lung cancer or skin cancer while some of the rarest can affect the salivary glands or testicles.The causes of cancer are widespread but, unlike many illnesses, genetics are not the main problem. Instead environmental causes account for up to 95% of cancers. The most common of these factors are obesity, tobacco, stress and infections. Read: Early warning signs of cancer Here are just some of the things that have been linked to cancer in the past few years:Not enough sunlightNot enough fibreSaltNot breastfeedingLazinessThere are however, a number of seemingly innocuous things that can sneak up behind you and pump up your cancer risk. Trying to avoid these is a smart idea if you're worried about the Big C, but just how practical is it for you?Watch the video below and see 8 of the most surprising causes of cancer.Source: BuzzfeedRead more:16 tips for avoiding cancer4 common cancer myths Are you at risk? NEXT ON HEALTH24X ACNE 2019-11-18 06:57 More: MultimediaSponsored advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 4 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Coronavirus 101 – here's what you need to know Medical Coronavirus in SA: All the confirmed cases Medical Neurological ailments in some coronavirus patients – what could this mean? Medical Research reveals how pain could be a growing threat to surgeons Medical Coronavirus morning update: Another 2 deaths in SA, UK PM in hospital, and is the '2m rule' enough? Medical Wide variations found in 'normal' resting heart rate Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.