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10 Cancer Causing Substances Found in any Developed Society

Published on January 14, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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There are a number of probable and possible carcinogens in every workplace and community, including household environments. The following are ten cancer-causing agents that affect a high percentage of the public. Here’s where to find them. 

CRYSTALLINE SILICA

Associated cancers:

Lung cancer

What is it?

Crystalline silica is a component of soil, sand, and rocks (like granite and quartzite). Only quartz and cristobalite silica that can be inhaled as particles are designated known carcinogens.

Where is it found?

  • In the air during mining, cutting, and drilling.
  • Household cleaners, paints, glass, brick, ceramics, silicon metals in electronics, plastics, paints, and abrasives in soaps.

Mode(s) of exposure:

Inhalation

Occupations most at risk:

Quarry workers, plasterers, drywallers, construction workers, brick workers, miners, stonecutters (including jewellery), workers involved in drilling, polishing, and crushing, pottery makers, glassmakers, soap or detergent manufacturers, farmers, dentists, and auto workers.

BENZENE


Associated cancers:

Lymphatic and blood-borne cancers (like leukemia)

What is it?

Benzene is a flammable, organic chemical compound that is a colorless liquid with a sweet aroma.

Where is it found?

  • Naturally produced by volcanoes and forest fires.
  • In manufacturing, used to produce some types of rubber, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.

Mode(s) of exposure:

Inhalation, skin contact

Occupations most at risk:

Taxi drivers, truckers, couriers, auto shop workers (due to lengthy exposure to vehicle exhaust or traffic congestion), those dealing with petrochemicals such as gas-station employees or oil-refinery workers, firefighters, lab technicians, and workers involved in making coal or coke chemicals, rubber tires, steel, and plastics.

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