Home » Trending Health News » Combining Some Common Chemicals Can Cause Cancer, Study Shows

Combining Some Common Chemicals Can Cause Cancer, Study Shows


A new study finds that chemicals common to many environments can, when combined, lead to cancer.

The study, which was compiled by researchers from nearly 30 different countries, examines the connection between chemicals and cancer. The scientists took a close look at more than 80 different chemicals never considered carcinogenic on their own but suspected to have cancer-causing properties when placed together in or near the human body.

In the end, the researchers found that 50 of those chemicals did, in fact, support critical cancer-related mechanisms. In other words, many of the chemicals commonly found in our homes can cause cancer when combined.

According to Paola Marignani, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, these chemicals include “some of the fuels, some of the plastics, and some of the cosmetics we use” on a regular basis. “They’re in our food, our products, our preservatives, our pesticides.”

This is hardly the first study to examine how chemicals cause cancer. Most researchers believe you can link roughly one in five cancer diagnoses to chemical exposure.

William Goodson III, the study’s lead author and a senior researcher at the California Pacific Medical Center, believes it demonstrates a need for more studies in this area. “Since so many chemicals that are unavoidable in the environment can produce low dose effects that are directly related to carcinogenesis, the way we’ve been testing chemicals (one at a time) is really quite out of date,” he said.

“Every day we are exposed to an environmental ‘chemical soup,’ so we need testing that evaluates the effects of our ongoing exposure to these chemical mixtures,” Goodson added.

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Apples
    There's nothing better than biting into a crisp red apple, especially in the season of fall when everyone is rushing to the nearest orchard to pick their own basket of apples (and...
    Trending Health News
  • Man Up For These Essential Screening Tests
    There are some health screening tests every man should do – because there's nothing manly about developing diseases, especially if you have risk factors based on lifestyle or...
    Trending Health News
  • The Health Benefits of Eating Sunflower Seeds
    Sunflower seeds are one of those snacks we've all tried but probably don't enjoy on a regular basis.
    Trending Health News
  • Facts About Melatonin to Sleep On
    Melatonin is a subject that could put you to sleep...literally. It is the body's natural sleep hormone, but it is often bought as a supplement to help people with insomnia and jet...
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Incredible Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
    The flaxseed: it's one of the world's oldest superfoods. Consumed by humans for roughly 6,000 years, the flaxseed has long established itself as a source of important vitamins and...
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Rosemary
    Dried or used fresh in culinary dishes or extracted as an oil and used in hand creams, soaps, and applied topically to treat chronic dry skin (eczema) and ward off insects—it...
    Trending Health News
  • Important Medical Facts to Know About Liver Cirrhosis
    Liver cirrhosis is a serious condition in which healthy liver cells are replaced by scar tissue. According to MedicalNewsToday.
    Trending Health News
  • Medical Causes of Night Sweats in Men and Women
    Have you ever awoken from a deep slumber, only to find that you're soaked in sweat? Whether your pillow is sopping wet or your sheets are drenched, sometimes there's no discernable...
    Trending Health News
  • Common Causes of Dry Mouth
    Do you suffer from a constant pasty, dry mouth? Most times, dry mouth is due to something simple, like dehydration or weather.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Health Benefits of Eating Mushrooms
    Mushrooms are among the most versatile foods in the world, making a valuable addition to a wide range of foods, from pizza and pasta to meat pies, salads, and sandwiches.
    Trending Health News
  • 13 Possible Signs of a Brain Tumor Not to Ignore
    Brain tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), but in either case the tumor itself can affect a patient in varying ways.
    Trending Health News
  • 7 Facts to Understand Bone Marrow Donation for Awareness Month
    You probably think of your skeleton, flesh and muscles as the only essential parts of your body, and you're mostly right.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Signs that Palliative Care is Right for a Loved One
    Your mother, father or another close family member may be at the point where there's diminishing hope for recovery from an illness, or old age has sapped them of basic functions.
    Trending Health News
  • Inforgraphic: Stomach Cancer Awareness in November
    November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, when stomach cancer and other medical organizations raise knowledge about the fifth most common cancer, and the third leading cause of...
    Trending Health News
  • 7 Medical Facts on Stomach and Gastric Cancer
    November is awareness month for stomach and gastric cancer (they're different names for the same disease), so it's a perfect time to digest more information about it.
    Trending Health News