household items that can lead to cancer

Unknown to many, we are in constant exposure to miscellaneous household items in our day-to-day lives that can wreak havoc on our health.

 

What’s worse, some of such items have also been found to be associated with a high risk of cancer.

 

While at a global scale we are endeavoring to "go green," it is difficult, yet no less crucial to distinguish between products that threaten our well-being and those that are merely natural alternatives.

 

The following are some of the everyday household items that can be perilous to our health:

 

  • The coating of your non-stick cookware: 

 

One can hardly deny the conveniences of using non-stick cookware- not having to soak your pans overnight or scraping off burnt-on food, amongst others.

 

However, the ease of it all might cost you your safety.

 

The coating that makes such products "non-stick," i.e., polytetrafluoroethylene, releases gases when heated, and these gases have been linked to higher risks of cancer and other harmful effects on health.

 

  • Take a close look at your furry friend:

 

If you are the owner of a furry pet, you must be giving medications to your pet to prevent flea and tick infestations.

 

However, many are not aware these products contain pesticides that can lead to nerve damage, which in turn can lead to cancer.

 

  • Mothballs can be dangerous:

 

Naphthalene, found in mothballs and such similar products, can destroy red blood cells and has been proven to cause cancer in animals, though it has not yet been confirmed if they have carcinogenic effects on humans.

 

Other common household items which can lead to cancer:

 

  • Air fresheners:

 

These usually contain toxins that often get accumulated within our body over time.

 

According to the Natural Resources Defence Council, these toxins may affect hormones and reproductive health, especially in children.

 

  • Oven cleaner:

 

Many of such cleaners contain corrosive alkalis, which pose a high threat to your gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system if inhaled or ingested.

 

Consequently, they can be a reason for the growth of cancerous cells in the body.

 

  • Furniture polish and stain:

 

Non-vegetable, oil-based dyes and polishes are not only highly flammable but also contain phenol and nitrobenzene. 

 

These chemicals if absorbed by your skin can cause skin cancer.

 

  • Toilet bowl cleaner:

 

Acidic toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive ingredients that can cause burns on skin and eyes.

 

They can also be harmful when mixed with other types of cleaners.

 

 

  • Gas space heaters:

 

Anything that is powered by gas tends to release toxins.

 

 If you use them indoors, you stand a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

What’s worse, this condition presents negligible warning symptoms.

 

  • Cleaning solutions:

 

These can be considered as the biggest offenders and also the most commonly used.

 

It is a known fact that these cleaners contain hazardous toxins, that can pave the way for cancer and other dangerous ailments in your body.

 

The worst part is, it is not mandatory for cleaners to have their ingredients list on the bottle, thus leaving buyers in the dark.

 

Even the organizations who claim to be "green" or "natural" may also mislead the consumers.

 

  • Antibacterial soaps:

 

These have always been looked up to as a superbly effective means of fighting off harmful diseases and bacteria.

 

However, they generally contain triclosan and triclocarban, which can be very harmful to your body.

 

According to the FDA, this has been associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is not biodegradable.

 

This also sows the seeds of cancer in your body.

 

In today’s world, you might not be able to keep a close eye on all the above mentioned factors.

 

But, you might be able to reduce it in a way, by being conscious about the everyday products you purchase from the market