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 What is 'salt therapy' and can it help with sinusitis? 2018-09-26 06:30 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 Diet and nutrition Gluten-free craze: But what about people who really can't have gluten? News Drug addicts target patients for their medication News Health dept commits to resolve critical ARV shortages before year end Medical Do itchy, burning eyes mean you have an allergy? News Limpopo Department of Health confident of healthcare turnaround Medical Social media posts may hint at depression long before clinical diagnosis 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 Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.