“Six Unsuspected Causes of Cancer”

We are aware of many common causes of cancer, such as smoking and excessive alcohol ingestion, but there are other scientifically studied, unsuspected causes of cancer. Here are a few. Piping hot beverages. Burning-hot water hitting the esophagus can cause metaplasia, which can progress to cancer. The suggestion that copious cups of hot tea can result in esophageal cancer is an old one. The drinking of copious amounts of excessively hot tea is a history frequently obtained from Russian-born patients. In one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, drinking hot tea was associated with a five-fold increased risk of esophageal cancer in people who also smoked and drank alcohol.  Scented candles. The evidence is mounting that burning scented candles may result in cancer, particularly bladder cancer. Scented candles burned indoors can release a large number of volatile organic compounds known to be bladder carcinogens. In one investigation, researchers found a total of 34 compounds released from burning scented candles, including a high abundance of potentially carcinogenic formaldehyde as well as aromatic hydrocarbons such as toluene and benzopyrene.  Please see the article for the others.

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