Top 10 Well-Known Cancer-Causing Products Every House Has
These days we can read about many products we use on a daily basis being cancer-causing. All the chemicals and toxins found in so many products make us wonder – is there anything we can use that will not increase the risk of developing cancer? Moreover, there are some products that we wouldn’t even suspect of being dangerous and cancer-causing, but the shocking truth is that they are, and you use them daily.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition has comprised a list of products that most American homes have and which are produced by famous U.S. corporations – products that are considered safe by many, but are in fact cancer-causing.
1. Talcum Powder (Johnson & Johnson, Inc.)
Talcum powder is made from a mineral (talc) which contains elements of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is used to absorb moisture from the skin and prevent rashes. It is usually used for baby skin care, but adults use it as well.
Talc also contains asbestos which is known for increasing the risk and causing lung cancer if inhaled, but all talcum products in the U.S. have been cleared from asbestos since the 1970s. However, there have been concerns that people who are frequently exposed to natural talc fibers are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer, and that women who regularly put talcum powder on their genital area are at risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Many studies have been conducted in women who use talcum powder regularly to determine if it really increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
The results have been inconclusive; in some, the risk of developing this type of cancer was increased, while in others there was no reaction. Since talc is used in many products, research continues.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based on the (limited) evidence acquired from human studies of genital use of talcum powder and its connection to ovarian cancer, concluded that this powder may be cancer-causing for humans.
A British study from 1971 showed that from a total of 13 examined ovarian tumors, 10 had particles of talc in them.
There are around 21,000 ovarian cancer diagnoses per year in the U.S. and around 14,000 women die each year from this disease. Many women sued Johnson & Johnson for not warning their consumers about the risk of cancer, but they disputed these lawsuits by saying there was no reason to warn them when studies have shown that talcum powder use is safe.