Is cancer lurking in your toothpaste and deodorant? Or is munching on that delicious hamburger and/or popcorn increasing your risk of cancer?
You’d be surprised to know that the things we surround ourselves with can reportedly cause cancer. For instance, artificial sweeteners used as a healthy alternative to sugar, statins – the powerful cholesterol lowering medications and even the heart-healthy fish oils can trigger the growth of cancerous tumors!
Here is a guide to some of the cancer causing risk factors you are likely to come across in your day-to-day life, that will help you reduce your odds of developing this dreadful disease.
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins May Increase Your Cancer Risk
Statins are injurious to the liver, apart from their suggested role in cancers. Low density Lipoprotiens bind to microorganisms that have been linked to various forms of cancer. Lower LDL levels, as brought about by statins, may be creating the right abode for cancers to propagate. Instead of statins, lower your cholesterol levels with restricted diets and niacin supplementation.
Do Artificial Sweeteners Increase Cancer Risk?
Artificial sweeteners have been proved to cause cancer in animals, but not in humans (in limited quantities). The FDA has approved and prescribed a recommended acceptable daily intake for saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and advantame. Still on the fence? Opt for natural options like honey, molasses, and maple syrup to gratify your sweet tooth.
E-Cigarettes: Equal Lung Cancer Risk
Tobacco cigarettes contain 0.3-0.5 microns while e-cigarettes have 0.18-0.27 microns, which are a lot smaller. This allows them to reach deep into the alveoli and cause damage. Also when a e-cigarette’s voltage is increased it can produce equal amounts of formaldehyde as a tobacco cigarette, which is carcinogenic.
Is Your Toothpaste Giving You Cancer?
Triclosan, has been found to cause liver tumors in mice after long-term exposure. Other harmful ingredients in toothpaste are sodium fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and Hydrated Silica. The FDA is looking more closely into the ingredient and is scheduled to rule out triclosan in 2016. For now, it still says there is not enough evidence to recommend consumers stop using triclosan-containing products.
Can Eating Grilled Meat Cause Cancer?
Grilling food, especially meat can give rise to cancer triggering compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). To reduce the risk avoid burning or overcooking and limit consumption of grilled food. The chances of grilled food being the cause of cancer may vary depending on the amount of food and individual’s body.
FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic
FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. Also, Chicken litter containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that is pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger.
Do Microwave Popcorns Cause Cancer?
Some doctors have been concerned that Microwave popcorn isn’t safe, because it contains chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer. It is mainly associated with lung cancer. Use of preservatives such as propyl gallate in the preparation of microwave popcorn can prove as a serious health hazard, as this chemical can cause stomach problems and skin rashes. It is also associated with thyroid issues, high cholesterol and bladder cancer.
Does Fish Oil Really Boost Prostate Cancer Risk?
A recent research showed that men with the highest concentrations of EPA, DPA, and DHA – the three fatty acids derived from fish and fish-oil supplements had an increased risk of prostate cancer. Specifically, they reported a 71 percent increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer; a 44 percent increase in the risk of low-grade prostate cancer; and an overall 43 percent increase in risk for total prostate cancer in a subset of patients with the highest level of these omega-3 fatty acids.
Does An Underwire Bra Increase Risk Of Breast Cancer?
A new research that was published online by Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention confirmed that wearing a bra, no matter the fit or material, has no affect on a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Currently, the only thing that scientists can say with certainty is that certain gene mutations can significantly increase the risk for breast cancer. Environmental factors have been linked to breast cancer prevalence, as well as hormone levels, but the research is preliminary, right now.
Do Deodorants and Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer?
The role of Aluminum (active ingredient) and Parabens (as a preservative) present in these products, may be reponsible in inducing estrogen-like effects when absorbed by the skin. Hormonal imbalances, especially higher estrogen levels contribute to growth of breast cancer cells. These claims have been strengthened by studies reporting parabens in samples of tissue from human breast tumors.