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Could artificial flavoring cause cancer?

Could artificial flavoring cause cancer?

No: I don't believe it. Government regulators tend to be zealots and each chemical added to food is checked for its ability to mutate dna. A few old food colors that did this are gone. Mother nature itself is full of cancer-causing chemicals in quantities well above what we'd accept from additives. Stop worrying, eat what you like (i prefer natural stuff) and keep up the customary watch for cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the probability of developing cancer if you have smoked for about 3 years?

What is the probability of developing cancer if you have smoked for about 3 years?

Minimal: We don't know the exact risk, but we do know that by stopping smoking now your risk will decline over time. A smoking history of only 3 years likely only minimally increases your risk, if at all. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have smoked for 15-20 years what are the percentages you will develop cancer?

I'm just wondering, if you have smoked for 15-20 years what are the percentages you will develop cancer?

Duration and: Amiunt of smoking is directly linked to increase in all of the cancers; lung, esophagus, head & neck, bladder, kidney, pancreas, and vasclar and pulmonary mortality. It's odds are actually worse than russian roulette. Women incidence continues to rise. There is no benefits to tobacco use: expensive, dangerous and out of fashion. ...Read more

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Are you at a higher risk of cancer if you smoke cigars?

Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer. Cigars increase risk of cancer of the mouth. Depending on inhalation of cigar smoke you may be at higher risk of cancer of aero-digestive track, lung, bladder etc. ...Read more

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How is it that my dad got oral cancer if he never smoked?

How is it that my dad got oral cancer if he never smoked?

It is possible: Smokers are many times more likely than non-smokers and/or non-consumers of alcohol to develop these cancers. ...Read more

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What causes nasopharyngeal cancer? I don't smoke and drink.

Unclear: Smoking and drinking contribute to the development of nasopharynx cancer, but not as clearly as with other head and neck cancers. It is a cancer that is more common in asia and the middle east, more common in men than woman, and is thought to be related in part to epstein barr virus infection, it is also more common in cultures with high intake of salted or pickled foods (like fish). ...Read more

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Does your risk of cervical cancer decrease if you don't smoke or drink?

Does your risk of cervical cancer decrease if you don't smoke or drink?

Yes: Smoking is one of the risk factors. Having regular pap smears is the best preventive measure, next to the vaccine. ...Read more

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Why are the charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents?

Why are the charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents?

Organic chemicals: Polycyclic hydrocarbons of various sorts. No reasonable person questions that these do grave harm when they are in tobacco smoke. I've reviewed the supposed dangers of charbroiled meat from time to time and the numbers are much softer, the danger if real at all is much less, and recall bias is likely, so that reasonable people can disagree. ...Read more

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Is oral cancer still possible if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

For some people.: There is a risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in those of mediterranian origin/background. But these also have had the epstein-barr virus, which is apparently part of its development. Also alcohol use, alone or with tobacco use/smoking is/are risk factor(s) for oral cancer, so you can never be too careful. Regular visits to your doctor for routine check-up are important for screening for this. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents?

I'm wondering why are charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents?

Benzopyodenes: Organic ring hydrocarbon chemicals are common in charbroiled beef as well as nitrosamines these cause free radical formation which damage the dna nicotine and tobacco has over 1000 known mutagens and many carcinogens other the tar and the nicotine. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's rare to get oral cancer if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

Is it true that it's rare to get oral cancer if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

Mostly yes: Tobacco use of any kind is the big leading cause of oral cancer. However any constant irritation to the oral tissue can be a cause also. ...Read more

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If you breathed in sidestream smoke outdoors every day is it likely to give you cancer?

If you breathed in sidestream smoke outdoors every day is it likely to give you cancer?

No ....: but it does carry a small amount of risk. As we all realize as we mature, almost everything we do has benefits and risks attached to it....driving or riding in a car, smoking, walking across the street. The risk of cancer from side stream smoke outdoors is very low .... but not zero. Each day we have to make choices to avoid risks, do what we can to minimize them, and accept a few. Stay well:) ...Read more

Barbecue (Definition)

Fire up the grill and throw on some healthy barbecue options like fish, chicken, vegetables ...Read more