5 Ingredients in Products and Foods That Cause Cancer: Beware

Cancer is one of the most aggressive diseases in the world and, according to health reports, this malignant disease causes hundreds of thousands of deaths annually.

According to studies and experts, some daily practices cause cancer, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, and exposure to chemicals can gradually increase the risk of developing it.

However, specialized experts believe that some chemicals found in the products we use daily may cause cancer, according to “Times of India”. The most notable ones include:

Coal Tar

A byproduct of coal processing and a known carcinogen. Cosmetics and skincare products like hair dyes, shampoos, etc., contain coal tar. Regular exposure to this chemical can cause lung, bladder, kidney, and digestive system cancers.

Several global organizations have classified this substance as carcinogenic to humans, advising individuals to avoid products containing it.


A family of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics to extend their shelf life. They are common in soaps, shampoos, shaving products, and processed foods.

Studies have shown that parabens can disrupt hormones, negatively affecting fertility and birth outcomes. Additionally, this substance increases the risk of certain types of cancer, particularly breast cancer.


A colorless gas with a strong, pungent smell, used in building materials, automotive parts, textiles, disinfectants, and more.

Global organizations state that formaldehyde is a human carcinogen, capable of causing nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.


Chemicals used in synthetic fragrances to maintain their scent for longer periods.

Perfumes, hair sprays, nail polishes, air fresheners, and other scented products contain phthalates, which cause allergies, affect hormones, and lead to major types of cancer, such as breast cancer.


Chemicals formed in foods during high-temperature cooking processes like frying and baking.

Studies have shown that this substance may cause cancer in humans. Given that body weight is now the second leading cause of malignant diseases after smoking, consuming such foods, leading to weight gain, significantly increases cancer risks.

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