Thursday, February 5, 2009

Will you get Cancer?

Over 70,000 people between 20 and 30 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Are you at risk of cancer?

I keep telling people that you future health is in your hands, but why is it that people only care to listen after the problem arises?

Most people still have the mentality that it wont happen to them, or they say you only live once so why worry about it.

I still see so many kids smoking even though this is a well-known cause of cancer. I also see older people with a cigarette in one hand and an oxygen mask in the other because they can’t breath from lung cancer.

On the surface one would think that cigarettes would simply be made illegal for this simple fact, so its no wonder that so many other products that we use on a daily basis also contain cancer causing agents.

In our modern world there are wide varieties off products that can cause cancer, some are well know like cigarettes others are hidden right under our noses.

Here is an example:

The other day I went to home depot to buy some fresh water lines and fittings to move some plumping lines in my house.

I told the person in plumbing what I was looking to accomplish and he recommended these really cool new water line connecters called shark bite.

They just snap right on to the water lines no tools necessary, sounded great to me. So I left the connectors sitting on my kitchen table and the next mourning at breakfast decided to read the back of the package.

To my surprise there was a warning label saying this:

This product contains a chemical know to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. California law requires that this notice be provided to the consumer.

This is a fresh water connecter for your home and is know to cause cancer?

In today’s world you have to read the labels on everything you purchase, and do your own research on the products you buy. They might be made with know carcinogens that can cause cancer.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body; it is your first line of defense against injuries, infection, dehydration, and temperature extremes.

The skin also absorbs and uses nutrients that are applied topically, but people rarely think about what comes in contact with their skin.

Women need to be especially concerned about the beauty products they use, since many of them contain well know carcinogens.

Want to know about your favorite personal care products read this web site i found:

Is it safe to use?

Substances that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.

Sometimes carcinogens do not act directly to cause cancer but create an environment that can cause cancer. Substances labeled as carcinogens may have different levels of cancer causing potential, and depending on exposure time, length, and the person’s genetic makeup will vary the risk.

Here is a list from the American cancer society showing known carcinogens:

Arsenic and arsenic compounds (Note: This evaluation applies to the group of compounds as a whole and not necessarily to all individual compounds within the group)
Beryllium and beryllium compounds
N,N-Bis(2-chloroethyl)-2-naphthylamine (Chlornaphazine)
Bis(chloromethyl)ether and chloromethyl methyl ether (technical-grade)
1,4-Butanediol dimethanesulfonate (Busulphan; Myleran)
Cadmium and cadmium compounds
1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea (Methyl-CCNU; Semustine)
Dyes metabolized to benzidine
Epstein-Barr virus
Estrogen-progestogen menopausal therapy (combined)
Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined) (Note: There is also convincing evidence in humans that these agents confer a protective effect against cancer in the endometrium and ovary)
Estrogens, nonsteroidal (Note: This evaluation applies to the group of compounds as a whole and not necessarily to all individual compounds within the group)
Estrogens, steroidal (Note: This evaluation applies to the group of compounds as a whole and not necessarily to all individual compounds within the group)
Estrogen therapy, postmenopausal
Ethanol in alcoholic beverages
Ethylene oxide
Etoposide in combination with cisplatin and bleomycin
Gallium arsenide
[Gamma Radiation: see X- and Gamma (g)-Radiation]
Helicobacter pylori (infection with)
Hepatitis B virus (chronic infection with)
Hepatitis C virus (chronic infection with)
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (infection with)
Human papillomavirus types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59 and 66 (Note: The HPV types that have been classified as carcinogenic to humans can differ by an order of magnitude in risk for cervical cancer)
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I
8-Methoxypsoralen (Methoxsalen) plus ultraviolet A radiation
Methylenebis(chloroaniline) (MOCA)
MOPP and other combined chemotherapy including alkylating agents
Mustard gas (Sulfur mustard)
Nickel compounds
N'-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN) and 4-(N-Nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK)
Opisthorchis viverrini (infection with)
[Oral contraceptives, combined estrogen-progestogen: see Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined)]
Oral contraceptives, sequential
Phosphorus-32, as phosphate
Plutonium-239 and its decay products (may contain plutonium-240 and other isotopes), as aerosols
Radioiodines, short-lived isotopes, including iodine-131, from atomic reactor accidents and nuclear weapons detonation (exposure during childhood)
Radionuclides, a-particle-emitting, internally deposited (Note: Specific radionuclides for which there is sufficient evidence for carcinogenicity to humans are also listed individually as Group 1 agents)
Radionuclides, b-particle-emitting, internally deposited (Note: Specific radionuclides for which there is sufficient evidence for carcinogenicity to humans are also listed individually as Group 1 agents)
Radium-224 and its decay products
Radium-226 and its decay products
Radium-228 and its decay products
Radon-222 and its decay products
Schistosoma haematobium (infection with)
Silica, crystalline (inhaled in the form of quartz or cristobalite from occupational sources)
Solar radiation
Talc containing asbestiform fibres
Tamoxifen (Note: There is also conclusive evidence that tamoxifen reduces the risk of contralateral breast cancer)
Thorium-232 and its decay products, administered intravenously as a colloidal dispersion of thorium-232 dioxide
Vinyl chloride
X- and Gamma (g)-radiation
Aflatoxins (naturally occurring mixtures of)
Alcoholic beverages
Areca nut
Betel quid with tobacco
Betel quid without tobacco
Coal-tar pitches
Herbal remedies containing plant species of the genus Aristolochia
Household combustion of coal, indoor emissions from
Mineral oils, untreated and mildly treated
Phenacetin, analgesic mixtures containing
Salted fish (Chinese-style)
Tobacco, smokeless
Wood dust

Known to be human carcinogens:

Alcoholic beverage consumption
Analgesic mixtures containing phenacetin
Arsenic compounds, inorganic
Beryllium and beryllium compounds
1,4-Butanediol dimethylsulfonate (busulfan, Myleran®)
Cadmium and cadmium compounds
1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea (MeCCNU)
bis(chloromethyl) ether and technical-grade chloromethyl methyl ether
Chromium hexavalent compounds
Coal tar pitches
Coal tars
Coke oven emissions
Cyclosporin A (Ciclosporin)
Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
Dyes metabolized to benzidine
Environmental tobacco smoke
Estrogens, steroidal
Ethylene oxide
Hepatitis B virus
Hepatitis C virus
Human papilloma viruses: some genital-mucosal types
Methoxsalen with ultraviolet A therapy (PUVA)
Mineral oils (untreated and mildly treated)
Mustard gas
Nickel compounds
Oral tobacco products
Silica, crystalline (respirable size)
Solar radiation
Strong inorganic acid mists containing sulfuric acid
Sunlamps or sunbeds, exposure to
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD); "dioxin"
Thorium dioxide
Tobacco smoking
Vinyl chloride
Ultraviolet radiation, broad spectrum UV radiation
Wood dust
X-radiation and gamma radiation

Now some people will argue that the chances of getting cancer from any particular product are low. But the real issue is that when you start combining most of those products in your daily life you increase your risk considerably.

Things you can do to help prevent against getting cancer:

Stop or minimize your drinking, drinking increase your risk of getting cancer.

Practice safe sex, unprotected sex increases your risk of getting HPV (human papilloma virus.

Eat a diet with either broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower. They are known to help prevent cancer.

Exercises at least 5 days a week, 30minutes a day. By keeping your body in good physical condition you keep your immune system strong.

Use caution in the sun in the peak hours of the day, But do not avoid the
Sun unless you take a vitamin D supplement.

Your current and future health is in your hands.

What will you do to protect it?

Want to know about a proper diet? read The benefits of organic foods

1 comment:

jevannel said...

same topic with mine, nice header pic... whew!!!