Does This Cause Cancer?

July 29, 2020

artificial sweetener
Despite all the talk – and chain emails – there’s no evidence that these sugar substitutes increase your risk of cancer. Researchers say saccharin does cause cancer in rats, but their bodies react to it differently than ours. It hasn’t had a cancer warning label since 2000. Studies of aspartame in humans have also found no link.

 

X-ray
Your dentist put a lead blanket on you for a reason. Even low doses of x-rays can increase your chances of getting cancer, but only in small doses. In general, the higher the dose of radiation, the greater the risk. In general, the higher the dose of radiation, the more the risk. but no amount of this radiation is completely safe. That’s why the EPA limits how much radiation you can receive.

mobile
This gadget that you keep near you all the time emits the same type of energy as a microwave. So far, it hasn’t been linked to cancer, but more research is needed. Just to be on the safe side.

Save it for a short chat or when there’s no landline.
Use a hands-free device.

meats
Whether it’s processed or red meat, you need to eat less of it in your life. Eating just one hot dog a day can increase your chances of developing colon cancer. Luncheon meats, cold cuts and hot dogs all have preservatives called nitrites that can cause cancer. Smoking meats or cooking them at high temperatures produces compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). They are currently being studied for their effects on humans.

bottled water
If your bottle is clear plastic, it may contain bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is used in food and beverage containers (except baby bottles), dental sealants, and other products. Does it cause cancer? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it won’t, and that the BPA currently found in food is safe. If you are concerned, avoid canned foods and store snacks and beverages in clear plastic. For hot foods, use glass or steel instead.

sex
It’s true. Human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection, can cause cervical and other cancers. Most adults who have sex with each other will get the virus at some point. But they won’t all get cancer. Most of the time, HPV will go away on its own. To reduce your risk.

Get vaccinated if you’re a woman age 11-26 or a man age 11-21.
Use condoms during sex.
Have sex with only one partner.

a dental filling
Do not call your dentist to have your metal file removed and replaced. Experts say that your current metal file is safe. Studies have found no link between mercury-containing dental fillings and cancer or any other disease.

coffee machine
If you feel like your day isn’t really starting until you’ve had a cup of caffeine, you’ll love this. New research suggests that drinking a moderate amount of coffee (about four cups a day) can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including liver, prostate, and uterine cancers, as well as some cancers of the mouth and throat.

Deodorants and antiperspirants
There are no large studies to support the claim that deodorants or antiperspirants cause breast cancer. They serve different purposes — deodorants block odors and antiperspirants stop sweating. Many people use chemicals that, like the hormone estrogen, cause cancer cells to grow. These include benzyl paraben, butyl paraben, methyl paraben, and propyl paraben. The effect of these parabens on cancer risk in humans is unknown.

fluoride
The compound is found in water and other beverages as well as food, toothpaste and mouthwash. While many studies have looked for a link between it and cancer, most researchers say there is no strong link. If you’re concerned about it, you can ask the Environmental Protection Agency how much is in your drinking water. If it’s high, switch to bottled spring water, which usually has the least.

household product
Many pesticides, paints, varnishes, and waxes emit gases known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is also true of some cleaning, cosmetic, automotive and hobby products. These gases have been linked to cancer in humans and animals. To reduce your risk, choose products labeled as low VOC and biodegradable whenever possible. Avoid products labeled :

Hazardous/Toxic
corrosiveness
severely irritating
highly flammable
allergen

power line
Anything that makes, sends or uses electricity emits extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation. There is no evidence that it causes cancer. However, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says there are “limited reasons for concern”. To be safe, stay at least an arm’s length away from electrical equipment. If you live near power lines and you’re worried, you can buy a gadget called a gauss meter. You can use it to measure the ELF field near you.

contamination
Air pollution causes more than 220,000 lung cancer deaths worldwide each year (most of them in Asia). There’s also a link between dirty air and a higher risk of bladder cancer. But the odds of any of them are low. To reduce your chances, listen to your local smoke alerts. Try to stay indoors on days with poor air quality.