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Drugs or Products that May Increase Cancer Risk

Cancer studies are never-ending. We know a lot but yet there’s something unexplored or understudied that keeps researchers on foot. One aspect that has kept most scientists confused, why one person gets cancer over another. There are many risk factors but what if the cause is external?

Herein, this blog will list out some substances that may be increasing cancer risk in people. So, without any delay, let’s start.

1. Zantac

Zantac is known to have the key ingredient, ranitidine that is a known carcinogenic. Confirmed by the WHO, the ingredient falls under the category of NDMA and is found responsible for increasing the risk of cancers like

  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Prostate cancer

While the company denies, reports suggest otherwise as many cancer victims have filed Zantac lawsuits to seek compensation. Studies confirm many patients without any genetic link or any potential cancer marker were diagnosed with cancer after taking the Zantac heartburn drug.

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2. Immunosuppressive drugs

Many health conditions demand consumer immunosuppressive drugs. They weaken the immunity of the person and cause unprecedented damage to healthy cells fighting off cancer cells and other infections.

Like HIV drugs, they are known to cause many side effects, including cancer risk. Studies have found that organ transplant patients are at a heightened risk of lung, kidney, and liver cancer.

3. Pesticides

Exposure to harmful chemicals multiplies the risk of many diseases and cancer is no different. In fact, pesticides are found to be a primary stimulant for causing cancer and tumors.

Though human studies are limited, some epidemiologic research has hinted that phenoxy acid herbicides are connected to soft tissue sarcoma (STS) and malignant lymphoma cancer.

One of the dangerous herbicides known to the world, paraquat has caught the attention of researchers recently. There is limited evidence if paraquat is carcinogenic, studies do not outright deny the causal relation.

In fact, the chemical has been found responsible for causing Parkinson’s disease.  If you are one of those suffering from the disease, consider filing a paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuit to get the best compensation. 

Studies say the gene responsible for the inherited form of Parkinson’s is found to be behind causing many types of cancers, namely brain, colon, and lung cancers.

More studies are however needed. For now, agencies recommend wearing staff training and protective equipment to prevent direct exposure.

4. Tobacco

Tobacco use continues to be a cause of cancer for the medical fraternity.  It is known to increase the risk of many cancers, including lunch, throat, mouth, kidney, and liver.

Tobacco products, in any form, are dangerous. Studies found nine out of 10 tobacco users to have lung cancer. They have carcinogenic chemicals which after entering the bloodstream lead you to a cancer hospital.

Steer clear of tobacco products, even secondhand smoke can produce harmful effects. There are many smokeless tobacco products that are advertised as safe but can still be the cause of cancer.

Also Read: Best Ways to Prevent Cancer

5. Carcinogenic substances

These are substances that are responsible for causing cancer. However, the type of the substance and the duration of exposure are crucial if a person does get cancer or not.

Some of the carcinogenic substances are

  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Benzidine
  • Cadmium
  • Coal tar
  • Soot
  • Radon
  • Wood dust

There are more factors like age, diet, and genetic factors that contribute to cancer risk. One can limit the exposure or avoid it totally.

Like in the US, there are regulations for workplaces to limit exposure to such dangerous materials. However, beyond that, it is up to the person to avoid any contact with these prohibited substances.

Cancer is common and one can possibly steer clear of it throughout their life. Yet, it is important to learn what can push the cancer risk. Keep a tab on your health. Speak to your doctor if at any stage you suspect cancer.

Mehedi Hasan

Mehedi Hasan is an enthusiastic health blogger and the founder member of WOMS. He likes to share his thoughts to make people inspired about their fitness. He is an experienced writer and author on highly authoritative health blogs.

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