Cancer Can Be Caused By Combination Of Common Chemicals Every day we use products which are basically chemical in nature. Individually, they may not be cancer causing, but together they can be a potential lethal carcinogenic cocktail.
In our environment, there are many chemicals and their derivatives we are exposed to continuously and simultaneously. From plastics, to products we use on our skin and foods, chemicals are present everywhere. And exposure to a variety of them may combine to give a deadly amalgam cancer.
Causes Of Cancer
According to a review, some common chemicals which may not be associated with cancer on their own, when combined with other chemicals can become carcinogenic. The cancer causing effect may be seen even in low doses of the chemicals and as many as 1/5th of the cancers may be due to these chemicals.
The verdict was given after 174 scientists from 28 countries conducted research on 85 chemicals, out which 50 were deemed to be harmless individually but when combined, could lead to cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that environmental toxic exposure is responsible for around 7-19% of cancers.
What Are The Causes Of Cancer?
Although these chemicals have come under fire at one time or the other for deleterious effects on health, they have not been linked to cancer until now. Most chemicals have the ability to build up in our body and these may give rise to cancer, by causing disturbances in cells.
Usually studies that assess risks of chemicals, examine the chemicals one at a time. Such studies do not take into account the risk of exposure to combines chemicals. But this study reviewed chemical not known to be carcinogenic in terms of whether couldncause cancer or not.
The study was published in the journal Carcinogenesis.
The list of dangerous chemicals includes:
- Triclosan: used in toothpastes, cleaning products and paint as a preservative and antiseptic
- Sulphur Dioxide: used as preservative for dry fruits such as figs and apricots and for wine
- Mercury: vapor used in fluorescent lamps, advertising signs and streetlights
- Copper: used in wires, motors, radios, TVs and electrical generators
- Carbon Black: used in rubber products such as tires and in printers as toning ink
- Malathion: used in mosquito repellants
- Phthalates: used commonly in toiletries including eyeshadow, mascara, hairspray and moisturizers. Plastic products such as floor tiles, shower curtains and cleaning materials also contain it
- Acrylamide: found in chips and deep fried food. Starchy foods produce it naturally when they are subjected to high temperature cooking
- Titanium Dioxide: used in sunscreen and cosmetics
All you need to know about cancer: Low doses of these and other chemicals exist everywhere, in our food, water and air. While exposure is unavoidable to these chemicals, a few steps can be taken to lower the amount of exposure:
- Do not use cleaning products and toothpastes with triclosan
- Try baking, microwaving, grilling and boiling starchy foods instead of frying them
- Go organic and rely less on cosmetics on a daily basis
- Wash dried fruits properly
- Reading ingredients lists of cosmetics and sunscreen to buy products that do not contain Titanium dioxide