30 Things You Had No Idea Could Cause Cancer

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21. Using artificial sweeteners

artificial sweetener in coffee

You might want to switch out your artificial sweeteners for something less harmful. As the National Cancer Institute points out, though conclusive links haven’t been established between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and cancer, studies conducted on animals have found that common substitutes like saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, and cyclamate can lead to cancer of the bladder and brain, plus lymphoma and leukemia.

22. Drinking diet soda

Man pouring soda into glass

While it is true that all soda poses a risk to your health, it’s diet soda, with its copious amounts of aspartame, that has been shown in multiple studies to lead to blood-related cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. For the sake of your health, you’d do best to indulge in the occasional full-sugar soda and stick to water as much as possible.

23.Wearing deodorant

Shirt with a Deodorant Stain

If you haven’t ventured into natural deodorants yet, this fact will make you stock up immediately. Although the American Cancer Society says no clear link has been made between deodorant and breast cancer at this time, research has suggested that the aluminum compounds in deodorant that keep you from getting sweaty could cause damage after being absorbed by the skin, changing the estrogen receptors and potentially leading to breast cancer.

24.Using baby powder

spilled baby powder habits that increase your cancer risk
Flickr/Austin Kirk

Get ready to toss your baby powder immediately. A 2010 study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that using the product—also called talcum powder—can increase a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer by 24 percent when used on the perineal area, or the area surrounding the genitalia.

25. Using makeup that contains parabens

Young beautiful woman applying cosmetics make up on her face, health beauty skin care and make up concept

Research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology has shown that parabens—chemical compounds used as preservatives in a countless number of makeup and skincare products—are easily absorbed through the skin and can cause a spike in the growth of breast cancer cells.

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