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 When does your child's headache call for a doctor's visit? 2018-08-16 10:00 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 News SEE: The difference between dementia and delerium Lifestyle 10 questions to ask before choosing a new doctor News Medicine regulator forced into plan B to keep ‘lifesaving’ emergency lines open Medical How to handle incontinence at the gym Medical When does your child's headache call for a doctor's visit? News When does caffeine become harmful? From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Your hearing » Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? 4 foods that can improve your hearing Healthy eating may protect your hearing Watching what you eat can improve the quality of your hearing and reduce your risk of hearing loss. Quit smoking » Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke This is why many SA smokers quit – Health24 survey After running our survey for several weeks, the results are in – and they reveal interesting information about smoking and tobacco use in South Africa.