What are Carcinogens?

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by: GERARD STA.ROSA

 

Cancer is caused by changes in a cell’s DNA – its genetic “blueprint.” Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.they may cause cells to divide at a faster than normal rate, which could increase the chances that DNA changes will occur. Imagine it as having a ticking time bomb strapped to your body, the results could be devastating or even life-threatening. The risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including how they are exposed to a carcinogen, the length and intensity of the exposure, and the person’s genetic makeup. 

Environmental factors can include a wide range of exposures, such as:

  • Lifestyle factors (nutrition, tobacco use, physical activity, etc.)
  • Naturally occurring exposures (ultraviolet light, radon gas, infectious agents, etc.)
  • Medical treatments (radiation and medicines including chemotherapy, hormone drugs, drugs that suppress the immune system, etc.)
  • Workplace exposures
  • Household exposure
  • Pollution

Once the cancer is acquired it would affect the individual himself in many ways such as nutritional status, physical activity, will and basically everything that makes him/her strong. Be cautious of what you consume and what you exposes yourself through. Change your lifestyle or it will be at the cost of your own life.

SOURCE: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/general-info/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens.html

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