Friday, 7 Aug 2020

Smoking, alcohol, Overweight: These factors contribute to cancer the most

Known risk factors for cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Overweight & Lack of exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Incorrect Diet
  • Infections
  • Radiation

Smoking & Co.

At the top of the list of tobacco consumption – whether in cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or the Like. Tobacco consumption is around 16 per cent of the cases of cancer in Germany. This means that about one in every six cancer due to tobacco consumption arises. About six million people die annually worldwide due to tobacco consumption.

In Germany, 89 per cent of lung cancer cases in men and 83 percent of lung cancer cases in women to Smoking are due.

Non-smokers can be affected: anyone Who regularly passive smoke exposure, has a significantly higher risk for lung cancer than people who neither active nor passive Smoking.

The risk increases for …

… Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer, Tongue Cancer, Pharyngeal Cancer, Renal Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Pancreas Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Cervical Cancer.

What can I do?

Very clear: stop Smoking! Both as a smoker as well as passive smokers.

Overweight & Lack of exercise

Those who move too little and overweight, interferes with its metabolism. This, in turn, that certain blood values are increased permanently (blood sugar, blood fat values, blood pressure). This in turn increases the risk for certain types of cancer.

The risk increases …

… in the case of obesity, for uterine cancer (about 154% increase), liver cancer (about 83% increase), kidney cancer (about 77% increase), gallbladder cancer (about 67% increase), pancreas cancer (about 36% increase), and countless other forms of cancer.

… in the case of a lack of exercise for lung cancer, kidney cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and others

What can I do?

Regular exercise (it need not be a high-performance sports) and a healthy body weight can reduce the risk. You don’t pounce now, but of a diet in the next: the Wrong diet holds equally forms of risks for certain cancers and usually ends in the yo-Yo effect. Inform you prefer to to the doctor, and nutritional counseling, as healthy weight lose and this way of life permanently to retain.


A glass in honor no one can deny? One or the other glass of alcohol won’t hurt. The studies show clearly that regular alcohol consumption increased above the healthy level, the risk for certain types of cancer significantly. Here, the more alcohol, the higher the risk (7 to 29% higher risk), the following applies:.

Those who smoke and at the same time too much alcohol drinking, increases the risk of, once again, enormous.

The risk increases for …

… Tongue Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer, Pharyngeal Cancer, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer.

What can I do?

Keep to the specified quantities for a healthy consumption of alcohol.

Incorrect Diet

Improper diet: too little fruit and vegetables, too much red and processed meat, too little fiber and too much salt. All this increases the risk of cancer.

The risk increases for …

… Colorectal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer Of The Stomach.

What can I do?

You don’t have to completely eliminate red meat and salt, in order to reduce your risk of cancer. But what is important is a balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables and sufficient fiber contains.


About one in seven of cancer in 2012 could be attributed to previous infections: Helicobacter pylori, HPV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Epstein-Barr Virus are the most common.

The risk increases …

… particularly for liver cancer (Hepatitis B) and cervical cancer (HPV).

What can I do?

Infections with Hepatitis B and HPV by vaccination avoid. Thus, they also reduce the risk for a subsequent cancer.


To carcinogens or cancer-causing radiation include, for example, x-rays. But also UV light can cause cancer. In this case, the risk is higher the younger the affected Person, and the higher the radiation.

The risk increases for …

… Leukemia, and skin cancer.

What can I do?

They protect against UV light, for example, by …

  • the blazing midday sun in the summer,
  • Sun cream with a high sun protection factor to use
  • protective wear caps (e.g., caps) and
  • the recommended Tanning time in the sun Studio adhere to (or at best leave).

An x-ray examination should only be done if absolutely necessary. This applies especially in the case of children, as this is particularly strongly on the radiation to respond.


Preventin cancer. Online information from the World Health organization (WHO): (retrieval date: 2.12.2019)

For the first time for Germany determined: Preventable risk factors cause cases, 37 per cent of all cancer. Online information of the German cancer research center (DKFZ): (status: 3.9.2018)

What is causing in Germany, how much the cancer. Online press release of the medical sheet: (status: 1.9.2018)

Behrens, G., et al.: Cancer by Obesity, low physical activity and unhealthy diet. Estimation of the attributable cancer burden in Germany. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Vol. 115 (35-36), p. 578-585 (3.9.2018)

Gredner, T., et al.: Cancer, infections, and selected environmental factors. Estimation of the attributable cancer burden in Germany. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Vol. 115 (35-36), p. 586-593 (3.9.2018)

Mons, U., et al.: Cancer due to Smoking and high alcohol consumption. Estimation of the attributable cancer burden in Germany. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Vol. 115 (35-36), p. 571-577 (3.9.2018)

Cancer in Germany in 2013/2014. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Berlin 2017

For More Information

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