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10 Household Essentials That Can Cause Cancer

Cancer is a disease that stung the face of the earth decades ago. With modern sciences and research, there are many treatments for cancer – but many causes are also being discovered as well. The list of things that cause cancer seems to be never ending, and so many of them are actually everyday things that we use in our homes.

No matter what we do, we are going to come in contact with items that could potentially cause cancer. So here are a few things that we would like to warn you about.

Suggested read: 15 cancer causing foods you need to avoid – NOW!

We are also sure that you cannot completely eliminate the usage of these things, but we would advise you to minimize their usage as much as possible:

1. Alcoholic beverages

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We all know that alcohol is your liver’s worst enemy, but we have also believed that a drink or two a day is not going to hurt. While your body is capable of handling a drink or two every week or two, it is also known to cause cancer.

Daily consumption of alcohol, even if it is a drink or two a day, can cause cancer of the esophagus, rectum, colon, and breasts. The ethanol in alcoholic beverages converts itself to acetaldehyde, which in turn damages the DNA, causing cancer to form.

2. Birth control pills

Some types of birth control pills can also cause breast cancer. This is mitigated by the reduction in the possibility of ovarian cancer.

It is almost like women need to get pregnant and go through childbirth and then breastfeed to ensure that their bodily cycles function well throughout their lives. If these natural processes are not conducted, there are bound to be problems in the future.

3. Toothpaste


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Yes! It is true. The product that is most essential for oral health is a cancer causing agent. Toothpastes contain fluoride, and there have been studies that have shown that high amounts of fluoride in the drinking water of people can cause bone cancer.

Now the catch is that dentists always recommend toothpaste containing fluoride for the sake of oral health.

4. Hot tea

Freshly brewed tea is one of the major beverages consumed in Eastern countries. All the antioxidants and other substances are really good for the body. They ensure that the body is up and running and also energizes a person instantly.

But the hot tea that is sipped and goes down the throat can cause esophageal cancer. It damages the walls of the esophagus and that leads to the formation of the cancer cells. We are not asking you to stop drinking your tea, but you should really let it cool down a little bit before you begin to drink it.

Suggested read: Sugar causes breast cancer, suggests new study

5. Barbecued foods

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Well, this is one of the world’s favorite foods and it would be difficult to give up completely. The blackened outsides of the meat, which is the best to look at and gives the smoky flavor to the dish, is the worst part of it all.

When you grill the food, the dripping fat burns and is converted into polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Many of them are carcinogens. Carcinogens are the cause of damaged DNA, and also cause mutations in the people who consume a good amount of them.

6. Canned foods

These are a luxury for those who like to and want to cook, and also a necessity for the lazy ones. The vacuumed packets that ensure that the food stays fresh are made of heavy metal from cans, which can mingle with the harmful preservatives and cause harmful hormonal disturbances.

Hormonal disturbances are one of the major causes of breast cancer in women, and a little bit of laziness is not something that is worth contracting a disease as big as cancer.

7. Candles


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You may argue against this one because candles have lit homes all over the world until electricity and fuel lamps came into play. But back then, nut fats and beeswax were used to make candles. Now, it is the paraffin wax, which is harmful for health.

This newer, clean, and cheap wax that is used to make candles is not good for your health. The fumes that are emitted contain carcinogens like aldehydes, ketones, toluene, and many other fossil fuels. Inhaling these fumes cause cancer of the lungs and also many other diseases. While an occasional candle lit dinner, or candle lit shower is not harmful, but if you are going to do this every day, then you really need to be aware of the consequences that can occur.

8. Soda and aerated drinks

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Soda doesn’t directly cause ulcers. It causes inflammation and insulin resistance. This also weakens the immune system and facilitates the growth of ulcers and can also lead to cancer.

There are also many food chemicals and artificial colorings used in soda production which can cause stomach cancer and many other harmful diseases. While an occasional soda doesn’t really hurt, if you are the kind who drinks more than a can every day, then you are going to land yourself in a soup that you might not be able to pull yourself out of!

9. Processed meats

We are sure that if you are a foodie, there is a lot of processed meat sitting in your fridge that is waiting to be cooked and eaten. But the word itself says that it is meat that has gone through a bunch of processes to be what it is right now.

Excessive salts and chemicals including sodium nitrates are used in meat processing and that makes anyone prone to cancer of different kinds depending on the bodily functions. A meal or two in a week is good, but if you are eating processed meat every day, you are in for some trouble.

Suggested read: 20 celebrities with breast cancer who came back stronger than ever

10. Air fresheners and cleaning tonics

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We all love the fragrant home or car that we come back to. It is also a sign of good sanitation habit. But do you realize that this fragrance comes at a cost? Or we can say a risk. The risk of cancer. They contain substantial amounts of ethylene based glycol ethers which pose cancer risk to people.

While using an air freshener is essential, try to not bank on it. If you want a healthier lifestyle, then you should really ensure that you ventilate your house better and use very little air freshener and let it circulate throughout the room.

These are some of the things that cause cancer yet that are essential in a household and also makes lives easier for many of us. As we have mentioned earlier, we do not think you are going to be able to stop using these things completely, but you are definitely going to be able to follow the tips that we have added in most of the points.

Stay as far away as you can from the things that cause cancer. You are going to be leading a healthier and happier

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Natasha Singhal

Natasha Singhal

Traveling and reading are two of my great passions in life, although I don't mind doing them both together :) In fact, add writing to that mix too, and we're good! I believe that classic rock and a big slab of chocolate cake can cure any misery of life.