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What is a carcinogen?

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It’s something that can cause you to have cancer. It may be a substance in the air, a product you use, or a chemical in foods and drinks.

Just because you had contact with a carcinogen doesn't mean that you'll get cancer. Your chance of getting sick depends on many things. How much you've been exposed to it is part of it. Your genes also play a role.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Known and Probable Human Carcinogens," "Harmful Chemicals in Tobacco Products," "Diesel Exhaust and Cancer," "How to Test Your Home for Radon," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer," "Talcum Powder and Cancer," "Does UV Radiation Cause Cancer?" "Can I Avoid Exposure to UV Radiation?" "Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer," "Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II)."

Cancer Research UK: "How Smoking Causes Cancer," "How Air Pollution Can Cause Cancer."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Health Risk of Radon," "How do I get a radon test kit? Are they free?"

National Cancer Institute, "Acrylamide and Cancer Risk," "Alcohol and Cancer Risk," "Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk."

FDA: "Acrylamide: Information on Diet, Food Storage and Food Preparation."

Cancer Council: "How ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes skin cancer."

Reviews on Environmental Health : "Skin cancer: role of ultraviolet radiation in carcinogenesis."

Breastcancer.org, "Do Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Breast Cancer Risk?"

North American Menopause Society: "Hormone Therapy: Benefits and Risks."

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: "Links between air pollution and cancer risk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Known and Probable Human Carcinogens," "Harmful Chemicals in Tobacco Products," "Diesel Exhaust and Cancer," "How to Test Your Home for Radon," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer," "Talcum Powder and Cancer," "Does UV Radiation Cause Cancer?" "Can I Avoid Exposure to UV Radiation?" "Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer," "Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II)."

Cancer Research UK: "How Smoking Causes Cancer," "How Air Pollution Can Cause Cancer."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Health Risk of Radon," "How do I get a radon test kit? Are they free?"

National Cancer Institute, "Acrylamide and Cancer Risk," "Alcohol and Cancer Risk," "Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk."

FDA: "Acrylamide: Information on Diet, Food Storage and Food Preparation."

Cancer Council: "How ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes skin cancer."

Reviews on Environmental Health : "Skin cancer: role of ultraviolet radiation in carcinogenesis."

Breastcancer.org, "Do Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Breast Cancer Risk?"

North American Menopause Society: "Hormone Therapy: Benefits and Risks."

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: "Links between air pollution and cancer risk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 21, 2018

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