Know about cancer-causing Myths vs. Facts
Cancer occurs when normal cell growth is disrupted causing uncontrollable cell growth and tumour. The factors causing cancer can vary from harmful environmental substance that may seem harmless, viral or genetic factors. There are many myths vs. facts about things that can cause cancer. Here is a list of substances that you should be at the lookout.
Sweeteners vs Sugar
- Sweeteners are 600 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. Studies have shown that saccharin (artificial sweetener) causes bladder cancer in rats however, subsequent studies have shown no correlation between sweetener and human cancer. It is considered safe to consume in limited quantity.
- Sugar on the other hand fuels tumour growth, cancer feeds on sugar. It can actively damage cell growth and raises the risk of cancer. Sugar does not only comes from desserts but also from what you eat – fruit (fructose), vegetables (glucose), dairy products (lactose) and carbs (rice, bread, pasta), hence it is important to know what you eat.
Plastic bottles vs BPA free bottles
- Plastic bottles that we use for drinking water contains bisphenol A also known as BPA. It is a chemical used in food containers, although BPA is poorly soluble in water some research shows that BPA seeps into food from containers. Exposure to BPA is a health concern – it affects the formation of nerve cells in the brain.
- An alternative to using plastic containers is going BPA free. There are a variety of BPA free containers manufactured these days. You may also use glass, porcelain, or stainless steel contains instead.
Coffee vs Scalding hot water
- A recent study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that coffee has no substantial effect on developing cancer. The research suggests that coffee can protect from the risk of some types of cancer – liver, prostate, uterus, skin, mouth and throat.
- Cancer may occur by consistently drinking scalding hot beverages as it initiates constant irritation of the body surface (lining of the mouth & throat). Prolonged consumption of scalding hot beverages (above 65 DG C) can cause esophageal cancer.
Deodorants vs Antiperspirants
- Deodorants target armpit bacteria that creates odor but then do not clog the pores. It contains paraben which acts like estrogen after being absorbed by the body. However, parabens used in cosmetic products are weak and not enough to increase the risk of cancer. You may opt for products that are paraben-free.
- Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride that prevents toxins to flush from the body. It prevents the sweat gland from releasing sweat. These toxins then clog up lymph nodes around the armpits and can cause breast cancer.
Powerline vs X-Rays
- Powerlines give off extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation, which should be pretty safe but can still be a cause for concern. And it’s not just power lines that emit ELF radiation either – all electronic devices that use, make or send electricity do the same. Experts say you should stay at arm’s length from all electronic devices.
- Low doses of X-rays are bad for you and will raise your risk of getting cancer. That’s why they give you a lead blanket. The higher the dose of radiation you receive, the higher your risk.