6 Products in your home which can increase your risk of cancer

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Cancer can happen to anyone. Throughout the years, scores of families have lost a loved one to the dreaded disease.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. The most common cancers are:

  • Lung (2.09 million cases)
  • Breast (2.09 million cases)
  • Colorectal (1.80 million cases)
  • Prostate (1.28 million cases)
  • Skin cancer (non-melanoma) (1.04 million cases)
  • Stomach (1.03 million cases)

When it comes to cancer-causing products, everyone knows the dangers of cigarettes, tanning beds and indulging in too much alcohol. However, did you know, there are products in your home which are known carcinogens?

A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer. This may be due to the ability to damage the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes.

What household items can possibly increase the risk of cancer? The Newcastillian looks at six products which increases your cancer risk.

Air Fresheners

When it comes to foul odours in your home, one of the first things that you tend to grab is your trusty air freshener. However, it seems conventional air fresheners contain a number of substances which can leave you and your loved ones ill.

According to a 2008 study by the University of Washington, which was published in the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review, researchers tested six products for toxic chemicals. Three of the products were air fresheners.

Unfortunately, while air fresheners combat bad odours, it seems conventional air fresheners emit one or more carcinogenic chemicals.

Scented Candles

Planning a relaxing and romantic evening with your loved one? Before you light up a few candles to set a romantic mood, it seems certain candles pose a threat to our health.

Certain types of waxes commonly used in scented candles are filling our homes with toxic and carcinogenic fumes.

Nicola Elliott, clean candle advocate and founder of Neom, claims when it comes to candles, the biggest offender is paraffin wax. She explains that paraffin is derived from petroleum, one of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide. Containing up to carcinogen compounds which are toxic air contaminants, Elliott adds that not only do these candles damage the environment, but they also have a negative effect on our health.

Processed Meat

For those who enjoy bacon, salami, pepperoni and sausage, the time has come to limit your intake of processed meats.

According to experts who have looked at more than 800 studies have found that any meat which has been preserved or flavoured raises your chances of getting colon cancer.

While it is okay to eat the occasional hot dog, be sure to avoid overdoing it.

Cleaning Products

When it comes to keeping your home clean, cleaning detergents play a key role in keeping filth at bay. However, it seems cleaning products are not as clear-cut as they might seem.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a guide to healthy cleaning, addressing how come household cleaning products contain chemicals which are not only harmful to our healths but are also linked to cancer.

These products include laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners and washing-up liquids. In fact, more than one-fourth of all the products assessed by EWG are linked to cancer.

Nail Polish

When it comes to beautification, nail polish is a must for scores of women. However, it seems many nail polishes contain formaldehyde, which can raise cancer risks.

Formaldehyde is also often found in nail disinfectant tools, used by certain beauticians. This means that people have a higher risk exposer if they have their nails done by a beautician, instead of painting it themselves.

Facial Moisturizers

While moisturizing every day is essentially good for your skin, it seems several facial creams contain known carcinogenic chemicals in the form of parabens.

Parabens are common preservatives used in an array of beauty products, including cosmetic creams, foundations and anti-ageing products.

Such is the nature of parabens; the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed these chemicals as category 1 substances known for their endocrine-disrupting capabilities.

With a number of seemingly harmless products around the home linked to cancer risk, it seems the importance of a healthy lifestyle is key in ensuring cancer risk is kept at a minimal.

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