12 Things that Can Cause Cancer Besides Processed Meat

By: Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1

If you’ve seen any recent headlines you know the recent update by WHO has everyone paranoid about processed meats! You don’t have to read too many of our articles on this website to know that we, as a general rule, recommend eating as naturally as possible. So processed anything should be off the menu! Bacon has been the poster child for all the reactions to this headline (thanks to Americans and their love of bacon) however bacon can be sourced from a grass-fed/organic pigs and can be consumed in moderation as part of a healthy diet. Anyways, since we already try to eat as naturally as possible (except for our occasional cheats) here are some other items that can cause cancer that we think need to be mentioned!

    Tobacco smoking is one of the most widespread causes of cancer in the world. Tobacco smoke contains 7,000 chemicals, of which at least 69 are known to cause cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon, and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
    Heavy drinkers are at greater risk of contracting breast, colorectal, larynx, liver, oesophagus, oral cavity and pharynx cancers. Drinking is also related to pancreatic cancer.
    Over 30 components in diesel oil are listed as carcinogens. Inhaling diesel exhaust fumes is strongly linked to causing cancers.
  • Sunbeds and sunlamps (used in indoor tanning)
    Sunlamps and sunbeds release ultraviolet radiation that increases the risk of developing skin cancer, especially among young people.
  • Outdoor air pollution
    mbient air pollution contains a mixture of different gaseous and particulate components, which are known to cause lung cancer. Some countries and cities have more hazardous air pollution than others.
  • Passive smoking
    Even if you are a non-smoker, you are still at risk of contracting lung cancer by merely breathing in the fumes released when other people smoke near you.
  • Indoor burning of coal
    In some parts of the world, coal is still used a primary means of domestic fuel. Prolonged exposure to coal dust and inhaling coal fumes is known to increase the risk of cancer: coal miners are also at risk.
  • Ultraviolet radiation in sunlight
    Excessive exposure to the UV rays in sunlight is known to cause skin cancer. Prolonged exposure to sun rays leads to both basal cell and squamous cell cancers.
  • Smokeless tobacco products
    Cancer is not only caused by smoking cigarettes, but smokeless tobacco products. For example, chewing tobacco as a stimulant is one of the prime causes of larynx and mouth cancer: betel nuts and leaves can have a similar effect.
  • Radiation
    Radiation cancer is responsible for up to 10 percent of invasive cancer cases. There are many sources for this: research suggests that non-ionising radiation can be caused by outlets as diverse as radon gas (which occurs naturally), medical imaging technology or nuclear accidents.
  • Arsenic in drinking water
    Seepage of the highly toxic chemical arsenic from manufacturing industries can contaminate drinking water, consumption of which can cause various cancers. Most countries routinely monitor drinking water for hazards like arsenic, which can get into the water system through the erosion of natural deposits, run-offs from orchards, or production wastes from certain industries.
  • Painters
    Wall paints may contain chemicals like benzene, lead chromate and asbestos, which causes cancer.

To see the full list, check out our source: MSN

Pearl Maalouf

Pearl Maalouf

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