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Doctor insights on: List Of Common Carcinogens

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What is the definition or description of: carcinogen?

What is the definition or description of: carcinogen?

Cancer causing.: A carcinogen is any substance (including toxins, radiation) that causes cancer.

Parenthetically, some carcinogens in other animals (eg rats/mice) may or may not be carcinogens in humans. ...Read more

Carcinogen (Definition)

A carcinogen is any substance (including toxins, radiation) that causes cancer. Parenthetically, some carcinogens in other animals (eg rats/mice) may or may not ...Read more


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What are carcinogens?

What are carcinogens?

Chemicals causing Ca: The chemicals that cause cancer are called Carcinogens. It is often based on animal experiments, but some of these drugs actually cause cancers in Humans too even at small doses as compared to the much large doses required to create a cancer in the animals. So there is a dose below which many such chemicals used as food or drugs can be safely used in Humans. ...Read more

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Is citronella a carcinogen?

Is citronella a carcinogen?

May prevent cancer: Citronella is a plant essential oil used as an insect repellent and non-specific therapeutic agent in alternative medicine. It is not believed to be a carcinogen, although methods of testing have been almost entirely as topical agent. A search conducted in the national library of medicine revealed no evidence that it caused cancer and some suggestion that it reduces cancer in mice. ...Read more

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Is nicotine itself a carcinogen?

Is nicotine itself a carcinogen?

No: It is the complex hydrocarbons in tobacco smoke that cause cancer, but the nicotine is what causes the physical dependency and addiction. ...Read more

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What are some types of carcinogens?

Cancer causing agent: Tobacco in nay form is a potent carcinogen. So is Radiation from any source like from Uranium mines, Excess use of X-Rays, Atomic bombs and most of the nuclear material is radioactive and can cause cancers. ...Read more

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What are carcinogens and why bad for you?

DNA damage: Carcinogens are chemicals and physical agents that cause dna damage and promote growth. Examples being, tobacco, alcohol, benzene, arsenic, x-rays, microbes and their products. They are bad in that they have the potential to cause cancer and cause genetic damage. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the effects of carcinogens?

Associated with Ca: Carcinogens in the water and food are known to be associated with appearance of malignancies. By themselves they may not be completely effective since a tumor to have immortality needs telomerase activity turned on. This can occur with secondary EBV transfection having a membrane protein homologous to FGARAT which induces telomerase. A separate gene tp turm on MMP is also needed for s eCAD. ...Read more

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Is it true that canceris only caused by carcinogens?

No: While long term exposure to carcinogens especially in water can be associated with cancer, most known malignancies are secondary to viruses. HPV virus induces squamous Ca, Hepatitis virus is associated with hepatoma of liver, helicobactor of stomach Is a major cause of stomach cancer and polyoma with colon cancer. EBV induces telomerase which keeps chromosomes long and adds longevity to tumors ...Read more

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How do I know if the level of carcinogens is high in my body?

No test: There is no test or imaging that can measure the level of carcinogen in the body. There are far too many types of carcinogens to have one or even a battery of tests to measure the body burden of carcinogens. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are carcinogens and why are they bad for you?

Cancer causing: Carcinogen = cancer causing agent. Bad for you because they can increase your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that shows that digesting plastic is a carcinogen?

None that I know of: Plastic is an inert substance which is not digested or absorbed by the body. Heating certain plastics will cause the plastic to burn and release toxic gases which can be harmful if inhaled in significant quantities. I know of no studies showing that eating of plastic increases ones risk of developing cancer. ...Read more

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Bbq is bad for you, because it contains carcinogens. How come this is bad?

Bbq is bad for you, because it contains carcinogens. How come this is bad?

It's really not: There are carcinogens in freshly-squeezed lemon juice, freshly-ground pepper, and your own feces. Stop worrying. You cannot eliminate every infinitesimal risk in your life. Please remember that there are a great many anti-meat-eating militants who would like to frighten you as much as possible away from enjoying barbecue and other simple, generally healthy pleasures. ...Read more

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Why does us continue to allow carcinogens in our food?

Not preventable: Trace amounts of carcinogens are present in the environment every where and it is not possible to exclude these from the food. ...Read more

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Could herbal shisha vapour actually contain carcinogens?

Yes: Herbal sisha vapor usually contains carcinogens. See: http://www. Tobaccofreeu. Org/cms-assets/documents/120710-860548.hookah. Pdf ...Read more

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Are there a particular set of tissues that carcinogens most influence?

Are there a particular set of tissues that carcinogens most influence?

Contact: In general those that the carcinogen contact with. For example cigarette smoke causes lung cancer, chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer etc. ...Read more

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Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

No but....: Listerine as well as many other mouthwashes come both with and without alcohol as an ingredient. That tends to dry the mouth and with long term use, and especially when you add smoking to the mix, there is some question as to it's ill effects. For most patients mouthwashes are not an essential part of good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet low in refined sugars are. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are cancer causing carcinogens?

I was wondering what are cancer causing carcinogens?

Tobacco, alcohol: There is a very long list but things one can control are tobacco, alcohol, obesity, excessive sun exposure, radiation, and air pollution. See this site for more info.
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/generalinformationaboutcarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain what carcinogen is?

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. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the most dangerous carcinogen?

No simple answer...: Carcinogen is a catch-all term for anything, including things commonly thought of as safe, if applied/ingested in doses/frequencies which eventually lead (or are believed) to increased rates of cells transitioning to cancerous physiology (i.e. Grow without respect to useful function/cooperation with neighboring cells ;/or start growing in other body locations). No complete list exists, too complex. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a substance is an irritant and a carcinogen?

Need more details: Carcinogen is a chemical/material which can cause cancer. irritant means different things to different people. To me it means causing tissue damage leading to inflammation. Chronic irritation/inflammation can lead to development of Cancer after many years of continued use of a substance like this. ...Read more

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Like to ask how do to know if the amount of carcinogen in my child's body is high?

Like to ask how do to know if the amount of carcinogen in my child's body is high?

You can't: There is no test that determines how much carcinogen your child is exposed to. Avoiding cigarette smoke, fast food, and obvious chemical exposures will remove most of the risk of carcinogen exposure. Worry less about testing and more about healthy living and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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Why is msg called a carcinogen?

Don't know why: Monosodium glutamate (msg) can be neurotoxic because of it's resemblence to a natural exitatory neurotransmitter called glutatmate. Glutamate when too abundant can cause calcium to influx into the cell too quickly and induced apoptosis or programmed cell death. Msg can do the same. Don't know if it has been classified as a carcinogen however. Please enlighten me if you find any info on this. ...Read more

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Why are carcinogens in cigarettes?

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

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How is DNA mutated by carcinogens?

DNA breakdown: Carcinogens can cause cells to rapidly divide in response to the continual attack on their survival. With this high cell turnover coves oxidative/free radical damage (stealing of electrons) and in many case errors in dna sequencing resulted in a mutated dna stand. The body sees this imperfect dna strand as a foreign invader and eliminates it through the immune system. ...Read more

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Could you die from carcinogen cancer?

Could you die from carcinogen cancer?

Question not clear: Carcinogens are agents that result in development of cancer through different mechanisms. Cancer can kill, so you could say the carcinogen caused death indirectly. Also, certain carcinogens (like high dose radiation or certain chemicals) can kill directly without causing cancer. ...Read more