Avoid the extreme, but beware of household cancer causing items
Aug 28, 2012, 8:40 a.m.
Narrowing down the exact causes of cancer can be difficult. Confusion and misinformation hinders the truth and prevents many homeowners from understanding the nature of cancer causing products. If you are concerned about household chemicals causing cancer, this is for you.
Avoiding the extreme
This list of items not considered cancer causing products comes via the National Cancer Institute:
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Crop Pesticides
- Electronic Devices
- Household Bug Sprays
- Fluoridated Water.
Cancer causing products once available for home use
The list of chemicals causing cancer has long been under investigation by the U.S. government and other resource facilities.
Many previous home home-related cancer causing products are now off the market. Yet certain risks remain active.
Asbestos -- Used in pre-1970s homes in adhesives, ceiling tiles, paints and even child products such as crayons. Now banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Hair Dyes -- The current at-risk group involves people who began using the products before 1980s laws forced modification of the chemicals used in hair dye.
Current Cancer Causing Chemicals
Fabric Softeners -- Known to include Benzyl Acetate, which has been linked to pancreatic cancer.
Radon -- Although not related to typical household items, radon may well be present in your home. It is a radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of radium in soil and rocks. This odorless, cancer causing agent can reach a critical mass when permitted to linger in homes without adequate ventilation. Radon linked lung cancer causes up to 22,000 U.S. deaths per year.
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