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Things that Probably Don’t Cause Cancer

Most things they say cause cancer are baseless hypothesis that are exaggerated out of proportion. Before you believe that anything and everything can give you cancer, take a look at the things that probably don’t cause it.

Cancer By Ariba Khaliq / May 18, 2015

Can that Give You Cancer?

With high stats of people dying of cancer, it's no wonder that it is the most feared disease. Unfortunately, that fear breeds misinformation, and you may be wasting your time and energy avoiding products, foods, and behaviours that have no scientifically proven effect on your cancer risk. Most cancer scares are baseless or at least grossly exaggerated, which unfortunately does nothing to diminish their popularity. We're talking about things like:

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Artificial Sweeteners

Despite all the talk -- and chain emails -- there’s no proof that these sugar stand-ins raise your risk of cancer. Saccharine did cause cancer in rats, but their bodies react to it differently than ours, researchers say. There hasn’t been a cancer warning label on it since 2000. A study of aspartame in people found no link either.

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Cell Phones

This gadget, which you keep near all the time, gives off the same type of energy as X-rays. So far, it hasn’t been linked to cancer, but more research is needed. Just to be safe: Save it for short chats or when there’s no landline. Use a hands-free device.

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Bottled Water

If your bottle is clear plastic, it probably has bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is used in food and drink containers, dental sealants, and other products. Does it cause cancer? The FDA says no; BPA is safe at current levels found in foods. If you’re concerned, avoid canned foods and store chow and drinks in clear plastic. For hot food, use glass or steel instead.

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Dental Fillings

Don’t call the dentist to have your metal filings removed and replaced. Experts say your current ones are safe. Studies have found no link between fillings with mercury and cancer -- or any other disease.

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Deodorant and Antiperspirant

Scientists say more research is needed to know for sure if these products boost the odds of breast cancer. They have different jobs -- deodorant blocks the smell and antiperspirant stops sweat. Many use chemicals that act like the hormone oestrogen, which causes cancer cells to grow. These include benzylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

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Wearing a Bra

Women have fretted for years that the simple act of wearing a bra, especially an underwire bra, may cause breast cancer. It's a myth, and a new study proves it, finding no relationship between breast cancer and any aspect of wearing a bra—not cup size, not whether or not it had an underwire, not how old you were when you started wearing one.

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Drinking Coffee

Can consuming coffee and other forms of caffeine raise breast cancer risk? Probably not. Although some studies have shown weak evidence in support of this, others have found that coffee might even lower risk of breast cancer in certain groups of women. Coffee beans are rich in antioxidants, and recent research shows that coffee is actually the number-one source of antioxidants in the American diet.

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