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Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

No: It takes only a few minutes to make up a scare story / health hoax. Debunking it takes far longer, and for your trouble you get called "unspiritual" or told you're in the pay of the wicked corporations. This is one more internet hoax that you can ignore. Despite all the piranhas at the nih, each striving to make a name by proving a real risk, there's not a single publication. ...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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Do microwaves cause cancer? I've heard several times that microwaving your food can cause cancer.

Do microwaves cause cancer? I've heard several times that microwaving your food can cause cancer.

No evidence: There is no evidence that microwaving foods causes cancer.
You may consult this site for more information:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer-causes/ART-20044714
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Does microwave popcorn healthy? Because I read that may cause cancer Thank you

Does microwave popcorn healthy? Because I read that may cause cancer Thank you

No cancer: Microwaving pop corn or any other food will not cause cancer. Just do not add too much fat to the popcorn.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Ate food that was heated in plastic bowl in microwave will it cause cancer scared?

Ate food that was heated in plastic bowl in microwave will it cause cancer scared?

No need to be scared: Knowledge is power, so there is no need to be scared. Just read up, look up in the Google or talk to someone who knows a bit about Medicine.
You are advised not to use plastic containers as the heat generated in a microwave can melt the plastic which is potentially harmful to your health. Yet there is no proof that it will cause cancer. So do not worry about the past, yet be smarter for the future ...Read more

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Standing in front of microwave all day - can this cause you to get cancer?

Standing in front of microwave all day - can this cause you to get cancer?

No: These wavelengths won't mutate the dna (induce) or cause cells to overgrow (promote). The online claims that microwave cooking causes cancer are scaremongering and are obvious disinformation (discredited ideas about the nature of cancer and the processes of biochemistry) by people misrepresenting themselves as humanitarians and persecuted scientists. Don't let these people scare you. ...Read more

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Does eating microwaved food everyday (I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

Does eating microwaved food everyday (I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

No: There is no evidence that eating microwaved food causes cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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For what reason wouldn't microwaved food cause cancer?

For what reason wouldn't microwaved food cause cancer?

Not ionizing: A chemical that truly causes cancer at realistic doses must mutate genes. Ionizing radiation (high-frequency) does this, but radiation at microwave levels won't. Further, even subjecting food to ionizing radiation doesn't seem to produce cancer-causing chemicals. And microwaves are too long to ionize, so even microwaving yourself would cook you but not give you cancer. ...Read more

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Would microwave cause meat to generate poisons that will damage our bodies, eventually we will get cancer or some weird disease?

Would microwave cause meat to generate poisons that will damage our bodies, eventually we will get cancer or some weird disease?

No: This is a perennial scare story. There are even militants who claim that all cooked food is horrible. Cooking, especially char-broiling, does generates chemicals that can damage genes and contribute to the background damage from which cancer arises; microwaving probably less so. A chemical in plastic does get into microwaved food, for how, use glass / ceramic. ...Read more

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Does a microwave let out enough radiation to eventually cause cancer? From where on the microwave does the most radiation come out when microwaves on?

Does a microwave let out enough radiation to eventually cause cancer? From where on the microwave does the most radiation come out when microwaves on?

It just doesn't: Microwaves produced wavelengths of radiation that don't damage the genes, which must happen to cause cancer. Everything gives off radiation -- light, your own body warmth, and dangerous x-rays. There are many types and most are harmless. The world is full of crooks posing as humanitarians, and you need to be discerning. Thanks for your question. ...Read more

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Can radiation from a microwave oven cause cancer?

Can radiation from a microwave oven cause cancer?

Possible: Microwave ovan prodices electrmagnetic non ionizing radiation in huge quantity, built in such way not to leak. And cause cell damage, cataracts, immediate cell death or late effects like caner possible (if it leaks) by dna damage. It is also possible will break down products may be harmful to the body. ...Read more

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Can microwave radiation from cell phone tower cause cancer?

Can microwave radiation from cell phone tower cause cancer?

Not that we know: The radiation energy from a cell tower is very low unless you are on the tower at the antenna. The current controversy is whether cell phone itself can cause brain malignancy since they are held close to your head while they are being used. The jury is still out on the question but prudence suggests you use your cell phone on speaker or use a blue tooth ear piece which generates lower radio ener. ...Read more

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Heating a rice in a plastic plate using microwave is ok? Cause I read some news that heating it in a plastic conatainer can cause cancer

That's bunk: These phony stories about plastics being heated in microwave ovens producing deadly chemicals are as old as the Internet disinformation industry itself. These folks are pretending to be your friends, ultimately to sell you something. They're not. Ignore it and enjoy your rice. ...Read more

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Does warming food in microwave destroy the vitamins or minerals? Secondly does it causes any other harmful impact ie; cause cancer? Thanks

Does warming food in microwave destroy the vitamins or minerals? Secondly does it causes any other harmful impact ie; cause cancer? Thanks

It's fine: Minerals -- not at all. They can only be destroyed in a nuclear reactor. Vitamins -- maybe a little, notably vitamin C, but you probably get plenty. Causing cancer? That's internet scare hoax stuff. Taking proper care of your food is key to avoid food-borne illness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can microwaves' radiation cause cancer? I have a very old one (over 20 years old). Can it cause cancer? Is it safe to be near a "running microwave"?

Can microwaves' radiation cause cancer? I have a very old one (over 20 years old). Can it cause cancer? Is it safe to be near a "running microwave"?

Probably not but...: Some microwave radiation can leak from microwave ovens, esp. If the door isn't fully sealed, which is more likely in older ovens. However, this radiation is not proven to cause cancer. Standing several yards from a running microwave will minimize exposure.
I'm more concerned about the controversial potential hazards of eating microwaved food so I usually avoid it. See http://tinyurl. Com/nsh36ks ...Read more

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If an old microwave leaks radiation, can it cause cancer? I have been using an old microwave (over 20 years old) for almost 16 years. It might leak.

If an old microwave leaks radiation, can it cause cancer? I have been using an old microwave (over 20 years old) for almost 16 years. It might leak.

Noooo!: The radiation generated by the klystron tube is in a very tiny range which is the rotational frequency of water molecules. Hence it warms up food containing water. Dehydrated food does not warm up in a microwave oven! Radar works in same general range. Ionizing (X) radiation can lead to cancer because it can break chemical bonds and mess up things at a fundamental chemical level. Review your chemi ...Read more

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Does microwave radiation to transmit voice cause esophageal cancer?

Does microwave radiation to transmit voice cause esophageal cancer?

Not clearly: The present data doesn't suggest that the microwave spectrum used to transmit communications causes cancer. There is some suggestion of related male infertility but it isn't certain. Additionally there is something referred to as the microwave hearing effect where people exposed to pulsed microwave radiation hear clicking noises. ...Read more

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Putting a rice in a plastic container then heat it in a microwave will I have a cancer?

Putting a rice in a plastic container then heat it in a microwave will I have a cancer?

No, but: It would be better to use a glass container to cook the rice as plastic is likely to release chemicals on heating.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can microwave food give you cancer?

Can microwave food give you cancer?

No more than regular: Food. Microwaving, even irradiating with x-rays has not been shown to make food more carcinogenic than untreated foods. ...Read more

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I microwaved food in a plastic box and ate it. Am I gonna get cancer and die now or what? And what should I do?? Should I be concerned??

I microwaved food in a plastic box and ate it. Am I gonna get cancer and die now or what? And what should I do?? Should I be concerned??

Do not worry: Nothing bad is going to happen from have eaten food heated in a plastic box in the microwave. You are not going to get even an upset stomach let alone die from it. Go on with your life and do not give it a second thought. ...Read more

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Can cancer from a microwave?

Can cancer from a microwave?

No. Wave: Length does describe physical characteristics, and at the "short" or microwave end of the spectrum, these cause heat. At the other end, beyond visible spectrum, they penetrate and ionize from ultraviolate to megavolt x-rays and particles. ...Read more

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Is microwave linked to cancer in any way?

Is microwave linked to cancer in any way?

No: This was a cruel, cynical Internet hoax from 2002 that falsely claimed the authority of Johns Hopkins and the American Cancer Society. Even a few physicians fell for it. It is totally fake. If it were real, you would not see microwaves at the NIH. ...Read more

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Could I really get cancer from a microwave?

Could I really get cancer from a microwave?

Of course not: This is just one more internet untruth. The radiation wavelength is far different from the radiation that damages genes. People make stuff up to frighten other people, flesh it out with anecdotes or fiction, claim to be "spiritual" and get money and clout. Do you think for a minute that we'd have microwaves in scientists' labs if they were dangerous? Those folks have the real facts. ...Read more

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Can standing near the microwave give me cancer?

Can standing near the microwave give me cancer?

No: I am not aware of any such link. You should make sure your microwave oven has a good seal on its door and is running properly. ...Read more

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Can overall cancer rates rise with introduction of the microwave oven?

Can overall cancer rates rise with introduction of the microwave oven?

Not the cause: There is no law against people misusing statistics to try to frighten people and make money. Microwave ovens arrived about the same time that we began diagnosing more cancers early. I think that's the basis for the "conspiracy talk" stories you've read on the internet. ...Read more

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Dose microwave food and burnt increase the risk of cancer? Also, dose rasin and dark chocolate helps to prevent cancet?

Dose microwave food and burnt increase the risk of cancer? Also, dose rasin and dark chocolate helps to prevent cancet?

No: Microwave foods are safe, no risk of cancer there.
There are no proven prevention foods (like Chocolates etc) other than possibly Fruits and vegetables. Exercise and keeping your weight normal have the best chance to help you to lower the risk of developing Cancer. Also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Supposing that radiation is bad for us (cell phones, microwaves, computers etc) why do doctors give it to cancer patients?

Supposing that radiation is bad for us (cell phones, microwaves, computers etc) why do doctors give it to cancer patients?

You're deceived: You're an adult and you need to learn to tell the truth from obvious lies. Internet claims that cell phones, computers, and microwaves are causing massive harm by exposing us to deadly radiation are ugly lies told by people who are trying to sell you something. If it were true, do you think spymasters -- the world's foremost truth-gatherers -- would use cell phones? Wise up ; stop being scared. ...Read more

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Putting your phone in your bra may cause breast cancer? I use to do that years ago I stopped I have been checked since then many times and nothing

Putting your phone in your bra may cause breast cancer? I use to do that years ago I stopped I have been checked since then many times and nothing

Just not true: The claim that bras cause cancer was made up by a crackpot in the 1990s. If cell phones caused cancer, Putin would stop using his and so would our CIA. ...Read more