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Half of cancers linked to pollution and lifestyle

Posted Dec 07 2010 10:11am

pollution and cancer

If we believe the latest research in cancer prevention, the industrial world we live in is obviously one of the major culprits in the growing cancer epidemic we see today. Between secondhand smoke, car exhausts, chemicals used in plastic, building materials, cleaning and care products, we currently live in an environment where almost everything is a potential threat.

According to the Canadian Association of Cancer, “at least 50 percent of cancers can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle and policies to promote a healthy environment.” And US scientists comes to the same conclusion ” at least one half of all new cancer cases and all death caused y this disease at a global scale could be avoided.”, says the National Cancer Institute in its annual report. In fact only about 5% of all cancers are caused by our genetic factors.

This is breakthrough information in the role we can play in cancer prevention. It means that by modifying our habits towards a healthier, more natural lifestyle, we could drastically drop the overall cancer incidence. By avoiding chemicals and other potentially carcinogen substances, we can significantly lower our own cancer risks. There are many carcinogen substances hiding inside our own home, threatening us with all sorts of cancers. Here are just a few that we should avoid.

Cancer-promoting substances to avoid

1,3-Butadiene: found in production of synthetic materials and rubber.

Trichloroethylene: found in dry cleaning, production of textiles, steam cleaning of metals.

Pesticides: found in conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, fields and lawns, animal products fed with conventionally grown grains and grass, cotton.

Chromium: found in electroplating, leather tanning, textiles protection.

Cadmium: found in coal, power plants, incineration, plastic materials production.

Asbestos: found in isolation coverage, cement, jacket fireproof linings.

Trichlorethylene: found in degreasers, adhesive products, paints, coatings.

Benzene: found in carbon dioxide emissions, water purifying plants, smoke.

Polycyclic aromatic compounds: found in heating systems, carbon dioxide, second hand smoke.

Formaldehyde: found in building materials (wood agglomerate, glue), second hand smoke, combustion appliances.

Dioxins and furans: found in waste incinerators, steel mills, diesel, wood fireplace, power plants.

How to minimize your exposure

1. Drink purified water only.

2. Don’t use plastic containers for food and beverages, including for water.

3. Wear clothes made from organic materials and don’t go to the dry-cleaner.

4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to help your body to detox naturally : eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise daily, etc.

5. Eat organic, and avoid red meat, especially processed meat.

6. Use and air purifier or detox houseplants .

7. Only buy non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, especially for building materials, care products, cosmetics and cleaning products.

9. Make your home as eco-friendly as possible; use eco-friendly materials, save energy, avoid electrosmog , check the levels of radon, etc.

10. Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke.

11. Avoid transportation pollution: use green transportation methods, fill the tank only when it’s almost empty (gas station pumps can leak benzene and other carcinogenic substances).

12. Avoid using air fresheners, perfumes and other fragranced products.

Are you concerned with the growing cancer incidence? What do you do to minimize your risks? Do you think that the government should legislate to better protect consumers?

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