Scary: 7 everyday products that MAY cause cancer

by Medical Traveler


 A 1991 report linked drinking coffee to increased risk for bladder cancer

1. Coffee

Coffee has been labeled as class 2B carcinogen. Also in that class- DDT, chloroform, and gasoline exhaust. There is much debate over the health effects of coffee, since different studies show that it increases risk for some cancers but cuts risk for others. A 1991 report linked drinking coffee to increased risk for bladder cancer, and another shows 2 or more cups a day raises lung cancer by 14%. However, a report released this May found that men who consumed six or more cups daily were 60 percent less likely to develop fatal prostate cancer.

2. Anti-perspirant

There is great debate on the issue of anti-perspirant causing cancer. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, the top cause of death for women under 40. The theory is that because anti-perspirant prevents you from perspiring, it inhibits the body from purging toxins from below the armpits, and deposits them in the lymph nodes below the arms. This causes a high concentration of toxins and leads to cell mutations-including breast cancer. Other cancers linked to anti-perspirant include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

3. Childrens Bubble Bath

Check out your children’s bottle of bubble bath. Notice the warning label? Odds are, your children’s bubble bath contains something called sodium lauryl sulfate, which eats away at the mucous lining of the skin and causes urinary tract infections. A world-renowned expert, toxicologist and Chairman of the nationwide Cancer Prevention Coalition, Dr.. Samuel Epstein, has said that, “Lifelong use of these type of products… clearly poses major avoidable cancer risks to the great majority of the U.S. consumers, particularly in infants and young children.

4. Cell Phones

Whether or not cell phones cause brain cancer is a question that’s been debated for years. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement concluding that radio frequency electromagnetic fields, including cell phones, are “possibly carcinogenic” to people, based on limited evidence of a possible increase in risk for brain tumors among cell phone users.

5. Talcum Powder

For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos, and talc particles have been proven to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. In 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling was ever made, and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government. An analysis of data from 16 studies found a 30 percent rise in ovarian cancer risk among talcum users. A safe alternative is cornstarch powder.

6. Processed Meats

Food companies add sodium nitrite into foods like hot dogs and bacon, to give that reddish color that makes it look “fresh.” The nitrites themselves are not the problem. However, during the digestion process, sodium nitrite is converted to nitrosamine, and that’s where the cancer problems begin. Nitrosamine is a carcinogen, but since it is not technically an ingredient, its presence can be easily overlooked on the packaging. Nitrosamines are also found in food items that are pickled, fried, or smoked; and in other products such as beer, cheese, donuts, fish byproducts, and tobacco smoke.

7. Alcohol

Alcohol is associated with an increased risk of many types of cancers. In fact, 3.5% of cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to the consumption of alcohol. These include breast and ovarian cancer for women, colon cancer in men, as well as cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx and larynx, liver and stomach. To be safe, women should limit themselves to no more than one alcoholic drink a day, and men to two drinks.


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