Your Enviroment May Be Full Of Cancer Causing Chemicals!
Cancer Causing Chemicals
Studies today are beginning to show a link between the development of squamous skin cancer and cancer causing chemicals.
While cancer can develop in many parts of the body, the most common form is skin cancer, especially since the skin is considered the largest organ in the body and it is the organ most exposed to the harsh environment.
There are three types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. While basal cell cancer is the most frequently occurring, and melanoma is the most dangerous, squamous skin cancer can be equally dangerous.
The disease manifests as skin lesions, however, a squamous tumor caused by this type of cancer is known to grow at relatively slower rate than melanoma. The chances of it spreading (metastasis) to other parts of the body is still present, though not as high as in melanoma, which is the most aggressive of the skin cancer types.
One of the main cancer causing chemicals is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This is a the name of a huge group of compounds which result from wood, coal, gas, and other materials that are burnt incompletely. They can be very small particles which can travel great distances through the air. They also take the form of ash and can filter into water as well as settling on the surface of objects. They are also released in higher amounts in objects that have been burned in low temperatures, such as in cigarettes.
Where Does Exposure Happen?
Exposure from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons occurs in three ways. First is in the air that is breathed in. Most exhaust fumes contain some of the 10,000 compounds belonging to this group, and among the risky exhausts are those that come from smoke, automobile emissions, as well as industrial exhaust.
Contamination from touching can also lead to chemical exposure, especially through bathing in water that has been contaminated with the compounds. The skin can absorb these very small particles, leading to squamous skin cancer.
Eating and drinking are other ways of being exposed to these types of chemicals, especially in shellfish which live in waters contaminated by ash containing these compounds, or in water sources where ash are buried.
Am I Contaminated?
One of the best ways of determining whether you have any of these chemicals in your body, is through blood and urine testing. The compounds will show up shortly after exposure on the body, but most regular physical checkup examinations will not include tests for these compounds. If you think that you have been exposed, consult a doctor immediately. With immediate treatment, the exposure does not have to lead to cancer, but prolonged and untreated exposure will increase the chances of possibly developing a squamous skin cancer.
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