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01/10The sneaky cancer-causing substances
As we gear up to welcome the new year (and the new decade) on a happy and healthy note, there is no better time to put our physical and mental wellbeing on the top of the priority list.
However, before you rush to renew your gym membership or vow to eat healthily, it is important to pay attention to the common toxic products you are breathing in, touching or even eating. Yes, there are several hidden toxins all around us which pose a cancer risk.
02/108 things that were linked to cancer
What causes cancer?
Cancer is essentially the result of genetic mutation in our DNA. The cells start growing and dividing in an uncontrolled manner and eventually spread throughout the body as they start growing in the form of tumours. Sometimes this deadly disease can also spread due to inherited genetic mutations.
8 things that were linked to cancer
Even though a lot of safety measures are taken in place to ensure that people are not exposed to dangerous amounts of these hazardous chemicals, a lot of these cancer-causing elements still sneak into our lives. Recent discoveries have shed light on some of the commonly found household items that are known to be carcinogenic. We present you the list of 8 things which were linked to cancer in the last decade.
There is no denying that the air quality has taken a serious hit in the last decade. The deteriorating air quality of metropolitan cities has been in the public eye from the 2010s. However, 2015 onwards disastrous air quality in Delhi and NCR started making regular headlines in national dailies.
According to WHO (World Health Organization) ambient (outdoor) air pollution accounts for 29 per cent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer. The air you are breathing might be laced with cancer-causing substance and outdoor air pollution has been officially classified carcinogenic.
When e-cigarettes (also known as vapes) entered the tobacco markets, they were touted to be the much-safer alternative to smoking. However, even though there is no smoke and tar present in e-cigarettes, they heat up nicotine and other flavourings. So, when you take in the vapours, you breathe in several cancer-causing substances.
According to the study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, e-cigarette users developed some of the same molecular changes in oral tissue that cause cancer in cigarette smokers.
05/10Processed and smoky meat
If you are gearing up to feast on the new year’s eve, we suggest steering clear of red and processed meat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) processed meats including ham, bacon and salami have been classified as Group 1 carcinogen. On the other hand, red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen which is a level below. This means it probably causes cancer.
According to the cancer council Australia, one should not eat more than 1 serving of lean red meat per day or 2 serves 3-4 times per week.
06/10Piping hot tea or coffee
If you cannot begin your day without a scalding hot cup of tea or coffee, we are here to warn you. New research published in the International Journal of Cancer has found strong evidence between drinking very hot liquids and the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
To conduct the research, the researchers divided tea temperature into very hot (more than 60-degree Celcius) and cold or lukewarm (less than or equal to 60-degree Celcius).
It was found that drinking 700 millilitres of very hot tea per day increased the chances of esophageal cancer by a whopping 90 per cent when compared with drinking the same daily amount of cold or lukewarm tea.
Yes, the innocent-looking plastic shower curtains in your washroom are laced with toxins and leaked cancer chemicals. According to American scientists, plastic shower containing PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and VOC (volatile organic compounds) should be strictly banned.
There are speculations by healthcare experts that underwires bras restrict the lymph system around the breast and underarms area and it is believed that accumulating toxins anywhere in the body increases the risk for cancer.
Another concern that came along was that women who wear these bras for more than 12 hours a day are at an increased risk of breast cancer.
However, to date, there is not enough evidence to support these speculations.
09/10Hair dyes and straighteners
If you think that maintaining a healthy diet and workout routine is enough to evade the cancer risk, you might be mistaken. Permanent hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners that are increasingly used to revamp one’s look might be linked to cancer. According to research published in the International Journal of Cancer, women who used a permanent hair dye or chemical straighteners were at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
This decade saw a rapid increase in overall stress levels, owing to drastically reducing work-life balance. It has been speculated by health experts worldwide that if you live with chronic stress, you are at a greater risk for developing cancer. According to Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of General Oncology and Behavioral Science, stress makes your body more hospitable to cancer.