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 Bad breath? The problem might be your nose 2018-11-02 05:27 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 Sex Here’s what could be causing that pain you feel during sex Medical 7 of the weirdest things you can do in your sleep Medical IBS or cancer – how do you tell the difference? Lifestyle Catnip: the 'why' behind cats' favourite high Medical Why hearing loss affects much more than your ears Medical Road-trip alert: Drinking and driving warnings are everywhere – but don't forget drowsy driving From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Smoking dangers » Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene Many young adults misinformed about hookahs Hookah pipes far from harmless, study warns In addition to toxic substances from tobacco and nicotine, hookah smoke exposes users to charcoal combustion products, including large amounts of carbon monoxide. Managing incontinence » 5 avoidable triggers that can make urinary incontinence worse Urinary incontinence is a manageable condition – here are a few common triggers of urinary leakage.