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Acidic pH

A very acidic diet increases cancer risk

What science tells us

In chemistry, the pH scale is a measure for how acidic or basic a solution is. The pH scale ranges from 0-14: 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic and greater than 7 is basic. Given […]

2022-03-17T19:52:51+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |


Acrylamide (an ingredient in some foods) increases cancer risk

What science tells us

Acrylamide is a chemical that is used in industrial processes, such as the production of paper, dyes, and plastics, and consumer products, such as food packaging and adhesives. Acrylamide is also found in foods such […]

2022-04-03T21:09:02+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: , |


Antiperspirants cause breast cancer

What science tells us

Several theories have been suggested about how antiperspirants and deodorants might cause breast cancer. Scientists are currently researching fragrance, preservatives, and other ingredients that are estrogenic and may increase breast cancer risk.

The most recent review of antiperspirants or deodorants and […]

2022-03-29T16:50:22+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , |


Aspartame causes cancer

What science tells us

With rising competition to make food sweet and appealing, as well as lower in calories, many companies switched from normal sucrose (table sugar) to sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners. Many studies […]

2022-03-15T21:53:23+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |

Birth control pills

Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) cause cancer

What science tells us

Birth control pills prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation and preventing sperm from penetrating through the cervix. The most commonly prescribed type of oral contraceptive (often referred to as simply “the pill” or sometimes “birth control”) in the […]

Bluetooth headphones

Bluetooth or wireless headphones can cause cancer

What science tells us

With the introduction and increased use of Bluetooth technology, many people have been concerned about their long-term health effects. Because of the newness of this technology, researchers have not had enough time to study any possible correlation […]

2022-03-29T16:18:54+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , |


Wearing bras can cause breast cancer

What science tells us

The claimed cancer risk posed by bras is one of several unproven risk factors that are frequently linked to breast cancer.

The claim stems from the belief that bras could disrupt how lymph nodes remove waste and toxins from […]

2022-03-29T16:40:57+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , |

Bug spray with DEET

Bug spray causes cancer

What science tells us

Much of the concern about bug spray is with one of its most common ingredients: DEET. DEET gives bug spray its strong chemical smell, which is used to repel biting insects, such as mosquitos, ticks, and fleas. The Environmental Protection […]

2022-03-29T17:05:59+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: |

Burnt marshmallows

Eating burnt marshmallows can cause cancer

What science tells us

The main chemicals of concern when burnt food is eaten are acrylamide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) (Dana-Farber). Acrylamide forms naturally from chemical reactions in certain types of starchy foods when […]

2022-04-03T21:11:41+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: , |


Coffee causes cancer

What science tells us

The links between coffee and cancer have been researched for decades. Much of the concern comes from the fact that coffee can contain a chemical called acrylamide, which is formed during the roasting process. Acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer […]

2022-04-03T21:10:17+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: , |


Some cosmetics have chemicals that cause cancer

What science tells us

Cosmetics and their ingredients are frequently discussed in the media for their possible effects on human health and the environment.

The FDA defines cosmetics as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced to, or […]

2022-03-29T16:45:36+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: |


Curcumin (turmeric) reduces the risk of cancer

What science tells us

Curcumin (the part of turmeric that gives it its vibrant color) has gained attention in the media as a potential anti-cancer therapy. Curcumin has many important biological functions. It has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, all […]

2022-03-17T20:01:21+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |

Disposable chopsticks

Disposable chopsticks have residues (aflatoxins) on them that cause cancer

What science tells us

Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain fungi and are found on agricultural crops such as corn, peanuts, and tree nuts. People may be exposed to aflatoxins by eating contaminated plant products or by eating […]

2022-03-29T17:08:31+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: |


E-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes and don’t cause cancer

What science tells us

E-cigarettes have become very popular and have often made headlines due to misinformation. They are known by many names, such as e-cigs, vape pens, vaporizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). They consist of a […]

2022-03-29T10:51:17+00:00Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , |

Flying in airplanes

Pilots and flight attendants have increased cancer risk

What science tells us

Aircrew are exposed to higher levels of radiation (specifically cosmic ionizing radiation, a type of radiation that comes from outer space) and sleep cycle disruption. Cosmic ionizing radiation is known to cause cancer, and aircrew have […]


Formaldehyde causes cancer

What science tells us

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and in the production of many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products (such as plywood and fiberboard), glue, adhesives, permanent-pressed fabrics, paper product coatings, insulation, fungicide, […]

Hazelnut spreads and palm oil

Eating hazelnut spreads with palm oil causes cancer

What science tells us

Products that contain palm oil, namely hazelnut spreads, are one of the most recent foods to be flagged as potentially carcinogenic. This buzz is largely due to a single ingredient: palm oil. Products containing palm oil, which […]

2022-03-15T21:53:02+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |

High-fat diets

High-fat diets decrease your risk of cancer

What science tells us

The amount of fat a person should have in their diet has been hotly debated. In the past 5 years, high-fat diets have become popular as a way to lose weight and prevent cancer risk. However, other […]

2022-03-15T21:37:10+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy causes cancer

What science tells us

There are various types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), some of which are estrogen, estrogen + progestin (combined), or what is called “bioidentical” hormone replacement therapies.

Estrogen. While hormone replacement therapy with estrogen alone improves symptoms of menopause and may […]


Ketchup ingredients (MSG and high fructose corn syrup) cause cancer

What the science tells us

The ingredients of greatest concern in ketchup are high fructose corn syrup and MSG. Numerous studies have shown that high fructose corn syrup is harmful to your health, increasing your risk of weight […]

2022-04-03T21:09:48+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: , |


Lead exposure causes cancer

What science tells us

Lead is harmful, regardless of the type of lead exposure (breathing in, swallowing, or absorbing through the skin), but the body absorbs the highest levels of lead when it is inhaled (CDC).

Lead is absorbed and stored in […]

2022-03-29T12:56:08+00:00Categories: Occupational & environmental exposure|Tags: |

Loom bands

Loom bands have high amounts of cancer-causing chemicals

What science tells us

Rainbow Loom is a plastic device used to weave small, colored rubber bands (loom bands) into jewelry. Loom bands were pulled from the shelves after they were found to contain high levels of phthalates. This is […]

2022-03-29T17:01:41+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , , |

Low physical activity

Low levels of physical activity increase cancer risk

What science tells us

There is strong evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to lower risk of several types of cancer. Much of this evidence is published in “meta-analyses,” or statistical comparisons between multiple studies that address […]

Marijuana smoking

Smoking marijuana is safer than cigarettes and does not cause cancer

What science tells us

Marijuana is the name given to the dried buds and leaves of the cannabis plant; it goes by many names, including pot, grass, cannabis, weed, and hemp.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) causes the “high” reported by […]

2022-03-29T11:07:55+00:00Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |

Mask wearing

Bacteria inside masks and oxygen deficiency from masks causes lung cancer

What science tells us

There is a vast amount of evidence showing that long-term mask-wearing has no effect on cancer risk. The first study to make this false accusation about masks has been discredited by many other […]

2022-04-08T17:23:10+00:00Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: |


Standing close to a microwave while it’s in use causes cancer

What science tells us

Microwaves do not emit enough radiofrequency radiation to be harmful to humans (ACS). Microwave ovens are designed so that the microwave radiation is contained within the oven itself. The oven […]

2022-03-29T16:33:27+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , , |


Obesity causes cancer

What science tells us

Obesity or high body mass index (BMI) is a condition in which a person has an unhealthy amount and/or distribution of body fat. To measure obesity, researchers use the BMI scale, which is determined by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) […]

Plastic water bottles

Plastic water bottles cause cancer

What science tells us

Most people have heard warnings about cancer links and drinking from plastic water bottles, due to potential exposure to diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), and bisphenol A (BPA).

But the American Cancer Society has stated that viral messages warning […]

2022-03-29T16:23:23+00:00Categories: Consumer products|Tags: , , |

Processed meat

Processed meat causes cancer

What science tells us

Processed meat has been changed through curing, smoking, salting, fermentation, or other processes to help preserve it or enhance flavor. Processed meats are most commonly made of pork or beef, such as bacon, sausage, ham, bologna, hot dogs, and deli […]

2022-04-03T21:03:20+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: , , |


Radon exposure causes lung cancer

What science tells us

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that, after long-term exposure, can lead to lung cancer. Radon breaks down into radioactive elements in the air, which are absorbed into the body.

Radon is considered carcinogenic to humans by national and international […]

Shampoo with formaldehyde

Shampoos with formaldehyde cause cancer

What science tells us

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that presents a health hazard when inhaled. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen because at high levels or prolonged exposure, formaldehyde has been linked […]

Sitting too close to the TV

Sitting too close to the TV causes cancer

What science tells us

The Daily Mirror published a story in 2003 claiming that sitting too close to the TV for prolonged periods of time increases cancer risk. This is a classic case of a shred of truth being spun […]

2022-04-03T22:10:25+00:00Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |

Sleep problems

Lack of sleep increases your risk of cancer

What science tells us

“Circadian disruption” is defined as any change in sleep pattern, whether it is loss of sleep, difficulty falling asleep, or waking up during the sleep cycle. The body’s central clock is found in the brain and […]

Spicy chips

Ingredients specifically in spicy chips cause cancer

What science tells us

A story from 2013 of a 10-year-old girl with extreme stomach distress became front-page news after her physician attributed her sickness to eating spicy chips. The physician said that the harsh chemicals in these chips cause corrosion in […]

2022-03-15T21:59:47+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |


Stress increases cancer risk

What science tells us

Short-term or acute stress, such as stress you might feel before giving a speech, tends to go away soon after the stressful event. Long-term or chronic stress, however, is more damaging.

Chronic stress can weaken your immune system and increase your […]

2022-04-08T17:26:26+00:00Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |

Tobacco use

Tobacco use causes cancer

What science tells us

Tobacco use is a leading cause of both cancer and cancer death. It is also the biggest preventable cause of cancer.

All tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff contain poisonous substances, cancer-causing agents, and nicotine (a […]

Wax on fruits and vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables (such as apples) that have a wax coating causes cancer

What science tells us

Fruit wax, which is highly diluted, contains fungicides to inhibit mold growth, sugar cane, beeswax, carnauba wax, and resins.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for ensuring that all pesticides […]

2022-03-15T21:53:38+00:00Categories: Diet & nutrition|Tags: |
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