Which household products likely contain carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)?
“In the 1930s, 1 in 10 Canadians could expect to develop cancer over their lifetime. By the 1970s that number had risen to 1 in 5.”The CancerSmart Consumer Guide, LEAS, 2004
“In the next generation, one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with Cancer. One in two!” Canadian Cancer Society CBC MARKETPLACE Chasing The Cancer Answer Broadcast: March 5, 2006.
Very simply, a carcinogen is a substance that cancause cancer. In the1960s, the UN-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) began to study a vast number of chemicals and list those found to be carcinogens.The chart on Page 5 of our brochure five solutions to a toxin free home shows a few of the chemicals identified by IARC as potential hazards, along with the products in your home where you are likely to find them. Use this list to eliminate or at least reduce your exposure to these chemicals.