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What Are the
Smoking, tanning, grilling
your food—ﬁnd out just
how risky these behaviors are
when it comes to cancer
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t seems as though everywhere you turn,
you hear about another thing in your life
that might cause you cancer. Deodorant.
Cellphones. Plastic food containers. It all
sounds a little ridiculous, doesn’t it?
Believe it or not, the researchers behind the
claims aren’t trying to scare you—or annoy you—
to death. They’re trying to help you understand
the risks so you can adequately protect yourself.
But before you can go about protecting yourself, it’s important to understand exactly which
objects and behaviors are actually harmful and
which aren’t. Let’s explore some common behaviors, and determine which ones are most closely
tied to cancer, with level 5 being highest risk.
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