Many chemicals are listed by governmental agencies as being carcinogens. These substances, which have the capability to cause cancer in humans, are not necessarily ones used in industrial settings. They are used in perfume, cosmetics. bath products, home cleaning products, laundry products. They are in the food you choose to eat, your bedding and even in the clothes you select to wear.
Known carcinogens have been around for many decades. Since the 1930’s, thousands of carcinogens have come into existence as part of the modernization of society. The side effect is to contaminate and to pollute the Earth’s environment. You may ask: “So why do governmental agencies approve these chemicals for human use in the first place ?” “Aren’t these substances tested first for safety?” The simple answer is: Yes, they are tested and deemed “safe” below certain levels. But quite often chemical agents are tested as only as an individual entity.
Testing of individual carcinogenic substances is a labor-intensive and time consuming process. The testing of multiple chemicals as a cocktail poses a whole new set of research problems. An article in April 1993’s Environmental Health Perspectives reports findings of about 100 recognized carcinogenic agents or mixtures out of almost 1000 chemicals and mixtures of chemicals studied for their carcinogenic potential. The remaining chemicals had been studied on laboratory animals, but further research had yet to be done to determine conclusively their effects on humans. If you combine two or more of those 1000 chemicals as they are in real life, you create a myriad of new carcinogenic possibilities because of the potential compounding effect. Add the fact that since 1993, thousands more new chemical entities have been produced and approved for consumer and industrial use.
We might take a hint about the compounding effect from the 2008 research by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh. Although they were studying chemicals for their toxic effects, their findings showed combinations of toxic substances often had more fatal outcomes on laboratory subjects when compared to toxic chemicals tested individually. When it comes to the vast number of potentially carcinogenic environmental chemicals that now exist in the 21st century, we ought to consider there could well be an enhanced cancer-causing compound effect. When you breathe in, eat, bathe, and beautify yourself with products that contain “safe” levels of potential cancer-causing agents every day, what will be the effect on your health? Are you setting yourself to become another cancer statistic?
There is no 100% statistical chance you may develop cancer. Occurrences of cancer(s) in your family lines does not guarantee that cancer is your destiny. In other words, your genetics is not the determining factor as it has been strongly touted in the popular media. Scientific research over several decades has shown environmental factors play significant roles in determining whether or not cells in your body stay healthy and normal …….. or turn abnormal.
Most of the ingredients in mass-marketed perfumes are synthetically-derived chemicals. Included are some known carcinogens although they are listed as “fragrance”. You may want to rethink the other sources of environmental chemicals in your life, the frequency to which you are exposed, and the possibilities of how you can reduce or eliminate them from your life. Scientific findings increasingly point to the key roles you can play in prevention of cancer(s) in yourself and other important persons in your life. Perhaps think of perfume as second-hand smoke.
[ Part 3 will reveal how environmental chemicals can cause your cells to essentially malfunction —- that is, go from healthy functioning to become cancerous and out-of-control. ]