It's easy to feel like no matter what we do or where we go, cancer is all around us. In the US, nearly one in 20 people has had cancer or has it now, according to the American Cancer Society. Some cancers are unavoidable and determined by genetics. But some behaviors we can control also influence our cancer risk. For a food or drink to be considered a carcinogen, strong evidence must link its consumption to an increased cancer risk and show how cancer may develop as a result. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies carcinogens by determining how likely they are to cause cancer.
Arsenic In Drinking Water: The highly toxic chemical which is used to make certain alloys used in the manufacturing industry, can get into the drinking water supply, particularly in ground water of rural areas. Arsenic is known to cause skin cancer, and linked to causing liver, lung, kidney, and bladder cancer.
Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverage consumption is a cause of breast, colorectal, larynx, liver, oesophagus, oral cavity and pharynx cancers, and as a probable cause of pancreatic cancer, as classified by the IARC. Limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one serving per day if you are a woman, or no more than two servings per day if you are a man. A serving is defined as 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine or 1.5 oz. of liquor.
Red Meats and Processed Meats: Eating a large amount of red meat and processed meats has been linked to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer. Research has found that eating 50 grams of processed meat the equivalent of four strips of bacon or one hot dog every day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent. Examples include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, pepperoni, prosciutto, beef jerky and salami, meats often preserved by curing, salting or smoking, or with chemical preservatives.
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