We all fear the word "cancer" – and what makes these fears so much more of a reality is that there are everyday items and habits that increase our risk for certain types of cancer.

From cosmetics to hot tea, nothing is safe anymore! Here are 10 everyday items that are particularly hard to avoid but they could cause cancer: 


1. Air fresheners
Did you know, the essential air fresheners that most homes keep use chemical substances such as Acetaldehyde that results in a sweet fruity smell? It is also considered to be a carcinogen. That's not all. Air fresheners are also harmful because they result in a deteriorated air  quality.

2. Cosmetics
Certain dangerous chemicals are also found in cosmetics that may cause cancer. Warning signs about cosmetics haven't made much noise because cosmetics aren't permanently applied to your face. It is believed that if you don't remove your make up at night, you may be more susceptible to cancer.


3. Toothpaste
If there's one thing you cannot start the day without, it's toothpaste. But, toothpaste consists of fluoride, which is said to reduce cavities. But, did you know, high quantities of fluoride could lead to bone cancer.


4. Alcohol
According to NIH, alcohol increases your risk of various types of cancers. These include cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, larynx (voice box) liver, and breast. The risk increases for alcohol consumers who also smoke.

A previous study found that alcohol was strongly linked to the diagnosis of breast cancer – the risk increases with the dose. Limiting alcohol or drinking in moderation is suggested – women should limit their alcohol consumption to one glass and men to two glasses per day.


5. Hot tea
Tea is an age-old tradition, but many didn't know that hot tea too could cause cancer. It is believed that if you have it while it is extremely hot, you could develop the cancer of the esophagus. 



6. Microwave popcorn
The world's favourite movie snack, Microwave popcorn contains perfluorooctanoic acid which is said to be a carcinogen. Normal popcorn is much healthier to eat, as microwave popcorn may lead to prostrate or liver cancer.


7. Sunscreen
Everybody's trusty sunscreen could protect you from the sun, but may give you cancer. Sunscreen contains zinc oxide, which is said to alter your DNA and promote cancer growth.


8. Canned foods
Most canned foods contain bisphenol-A, which is said to alter your genes and ultimately cause cancerous growths! Though organic foods are healthy, their canned forms are extremely dangerous.


9. Potato chips
Another popular snack, potato chips consists of artificial flavours, preservatives and colours that may cause cancer. They consist of a carcinogen, acrylamide which is also seen in cigarettes.


10. Bread
Having made a lot of news in India, a number of bakeries and bread-making companies use additives that cause cancer. They use potassium bromate and potasium iodate in bread which may lead to cancer.


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