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is lithium carcinogenic?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Probably not: Although lithium was introduced before the fda required screening of drugs for carcinogenesis, a quick literature search finds no reports of this and, indeed, several reports that lithium may have an anti-cancer effect.
Dr. Guy DaSilva
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
No real data: On jul, 20, 2012: 12, 542 people reported to have side effects when taking lithium carbonate. Among them, 3 people (0.02%) have pancreatic cancer. The fda does not consider it a carcinogen and neither does the world health organization.

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What can cause cancer in the environment?

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Many things: Cancer-causing substances are called "carcinogens." they include uv radiation from the sun, radon, agricultural chemicals that get into the water supply, certain types of plastics like bpa, and many others. A report from the president's cancer panel gives more details. Go to: http://deainfo.Nci.Nih.Gov/advisory/pcp/annualreports/pcp08-09rpt/pcp_report_08-09_508.Pdf.
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A carcinogenic mutation is not inheritable. What could be the reason for this?

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Location: Only mutations affecting the "germ line" - eggs in women, sperm-producing cells in men - can be passed on. Mutations caused by radiation or other carcinogens that occur in the thyroid, (or any tissue outside the ovary/testis), can not be inherited, regardless of whether the mutation occurs early in fetal/embryologic development or as an older adult.
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Can anyone explain what carcinogen is?

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Chemical and physica: A carcinogen is any chemical of physical agent that can damage the dna or promote cell growth. Examples are tobacco, alcohol, benzene, arsenic, some microbes and their products, x-ray, hormones, drugs etc. Carcinogen is not one chemical or agent. There effects are often synergistic in a bad way.
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Do particular brands of cigarettes have more carcinogens than others?

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All are bad: The small differences between brands with levels of tars or nicotine probably don't change the risk.
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Why are carcinogens in cigarettes?

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Present in tobacco: Carcinogens are present in tobacco. Many are naturally occurring organic chemicals. Tobacco was not meant to be smoked!

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