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Jun 6, 2021 04:19AM
Carcinogenic substances are substances that can cause the growth of cancer cells. There are many cancer-causing substances, and we may often be exposed to these substances without us knowing it.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as part of the WHO classifies carcinogens into several groups, namely:
Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans.
Group 2A: Most likely carcinogenic to humans.
Group 2B: Suspected of potentially carcinogenic to humans.
Group 3: Not carcinogenic to humans.
The Most Common Source of Carcinogens
There are several sources of carcinogenic substances that are often found around us, namely:
Cigarettes and cigarette smoke
Tobacco cigarettes and their smoke contain about 70 substances that are thought to trigger cancer, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, lead, to hydrogen cyanide. This is what makes smokers, both active smokers and passive smokers, at high risk of developing cancer.
In addition to triggering the growth of cancer cells, the habit of frequently inhaling cigarette smoke can also increase a person's risk for other serious health problems, such as COPD, heart attacks, and diabetes.
Some cosmetic products have ingredients that are carcinogenic, but the content is very small. However, the risk for the emergence of cancer remains, especially if the body is exposed to these materials in the long term.
Some of the dangerous ingredients in cosmetics that need to be watched out for because of the risk of causing cancer cell growth include formaldehyde, parabens, mercury, and phthalates.
In addition to increasing the risk of developing cancer, the use of cosmetics that contain harmful ingredients can also cause other dangers, such as contact dermatitis, hormonal disorders, to congenital diseases of the fetus.
To prevent exposure to carcinogenic substances from cosmetics, you should use cosmetics that are sold legally and registered with the BPOM, and have passed dermatological tests.
Exposure to carcinogenic substances may be difficult to completely avoid. However, you can minimize it in several ways, such as using personal protective equipment at work, wearing a mask when exposed to pollution, following a healthy diet, and quitting smoking.
In addition, you can also regularly check with your doctor if you are frequently or at risk of exposure to carcinogenic substances, for example due to work. This examination aims to detect cancer early, so that it can be treated immediately.
Hope you're in a good conditions.