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Cancer Causing Agents in our Environment

In January 2005, The Department of Health and Human Services released the Eleventh edition of the "report on Carcinogens today." This edition of the report added seventeen new substances to the list, which now totals 246. For the first time ever, viruses are listed in the report including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and some human papilloma viruses. Other additional listings include lead and lead related compounds, X-ray, compounds found in grilled meats, and a variety of substances used in textile dyes, paints and inks.

The Department of Health and Human Services states, "Among US residents, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer at some point in their lifetimes."

Many of these substances are commonly used in industrial and chemical manufacturing, oil and gas refinement and other areas of business. Consumers can be exposed through any number of means.

At this time, the list includes all of the following substances: (follow link for additional PDF formatted report on each substance)

  • Acetaldehyde
  • 2-Acetylaminofluorene
  • Acrylamide
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Adriamycin® (Doxorubicin Hydrochloride)
  • Aflatoxins
  • Alcoholic Beverage Consumption
  • 2-Aminoanthraquinone
  • o-Aminoazotoluene
  • 4-Aminobiphenyl
  • 1-Amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone
  • 1-Amino-2-methylanthraquinone
  • Amitrole
  • o-Anisidine Hydrochloride
  • Arsenic Compounds, Inorganic
  • Asbestos
  • Azacitidine
  • Azathioprine
  • Benzene
  • Benzidine and Dyes Metabolized to Benzidine
  • Benzotrichloride
  • Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • 2,2-bis(Bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol (Technical Grade)
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • 1,4-Butanediol Dimethylsulfonate (Myleran ®)
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Ceramic Fibers (Respirable Size)
  • Chlorambucil
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Chlorendic Acid
  • Chlorinated Paraffins (C12, 60% Chlorine)
  • 1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-cyclohexyl-1-nitrosourea
  • 1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea
  • bis(Chloroethyl) Nitrosourea
  • Chloroform
  • bis(Chloromethyl) Ether and Technical-Grade Chloromethyl Methyl Ether
  • 3-Chloro-2-methylpropene
  • 4-Chloro-o-phenylenediamine
  • Chloroprene
  • p -Chloro-o-toluidine and p-Chloro-o-toluidine Hydrochloride
  • Chlorozotocin
  • Chromium Hexavalent Compounds
  • C.I. Basic Red 9 Monohydrochloride
  • Cisplatin
  • Coal Tars and Coal Tar Pitches
  • Cobalt Sulfate
  • Coke Oven Emissions
  • p -Cresidine
  • Cupferron
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cyclosporin A
  • Dacarbazine
  • Danthron (1,8-Dihydroxyanthraquinone)
  • 2,4-Diaminoanisole Sulfate
  • 2,4-Diaminotoluene
  • Diazoaminobenzene
  • 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane
  • 1,2-Dibromoethane (Ethylene Dibromide)
  • 2,3-Dibromo-1-propanol
  • tris(2,3-Dibromopropyl) Phosphate
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene
  • 3,3´-Dichlorobenzidine and 3,3´-Dichlorobenzidine Dihydrochloride
  • Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane (Ethylene Dichloride)
  • Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride)
  • 1,3-Dichloropropene (Technical Grade)
  • Diepoxybutane
  • Diesel Exhaust Particulates
  • Diethyl Sulfate
  • Diethylstilbestrol
  • Diglycidyl Resorcinol Ether
  • 3,3´-Dimethoxybenzidine and Dyes Metabolized to 3,3´-Dimethoxybenzidine
  • 4-Dimethylaminoazobenzene
  • 3,3´-Dimethylbenzidine and Dyes Metabolized to 3,3´-Dimethylbenzidine
  • Dimethylcarbamoyl Chloride
  • 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine
  • Dimethyl Sulfate
  • Dimethylvinyl Chloride
  • 1,4-Dioxane
  • Disperse Blue 1
  • Epichlorohydrin
  • Erionite
  • Estrogens, Steroidal
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Ethylene Thiourea
  • di(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate
  • Ethyl Methanesulfonate
  • Formaldehyde (Gas)
  • Furan
  • Glass Wool (Respirable Size)
  • Glycidol
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Heterocyclic Amines
  • 2-Amino-3,4-dimethylimidazo[4,5- f]quinoline (MEIQ)
  • 2-Amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline (MEIQx)
  • 2-Amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline (IQ)
  • 2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP)
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Hexachloroethane
  • Hexamethylphosphoramide
  • Human Papillomaviruses: Some Genital-Mucosal Types
  • Hydrazine and Hydrazine Sulfate
  • Hydrazobenzene
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • X-Radiation and Gamma Radiation
  • Neutrons
  • Radon
  • Thorium Dioxide
  • Iron Dextran Complex
  • Isoprene
  • Kepone® (Chlordecone)
  • Lead and Lead Compounds
  • Lindane and Other Hexachlorocyclohexane Isomers
  • Melphalan
  • Methoxsalen with Ultraviolet A Therapy (PUVA)
  • 2-Methylaziridine (Propylenimine)
  • 4,4´-Methylenebis(2-chloroaniline)
  • 4,4´-Methylenebis(N,N-dimethyl)benzenamine
  • 4,4´-Methylenedianiline and its Dihydrochloride Salt
  • Methyleugenol
  • Methyl Methanesulfonate
  • N-Methyl-N´-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine
  • Metronidazole
  • Michler's Ketone (4,4'-(Dimethylamino)benzophenone)
  • Mineral Oils (Untreated and Mildly Treated)
  • Mirex
  • Mustard Gas
  • Naphthalene
  • 2-Naphthylamine
  • Nickel Compounds and Metallic Nickel
  • Nickel Compounds
  • Metallic Nickel
  • Nitrilotriacetic Acid
  • o-Nitroanisole
  • Nitroarenes (selected)
  • 1,6-Dinitropyrene
  • 1,8-Dinitropyrene
  • 6-Nitrochrysene
  • 1-Nitropyrene
  • 4-Nitropyrene
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Nitrofen (2,4-Dichlorophenyl- p-nitrophenyl Ether)
  • Nitrogen Mustard Hydrochloride
  • Nitromethane
  • 2-Nitropropane
  • N -Nitrosodi-n-butylamine
  • N-Nitrosodiethanolamin e
  • N-Nitrosodiethylamine
  • N-Nitrosodimethylamine
  • N -Nitrosodi-n-propylamine
  • N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea
  • 4-(N-Nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone
  • N-Nitroso-N-methylurea
  • N -Nitrosomethylvinylamine
  • N-Nitrosomorpholine
  • N-Nitrosonornicotine
  • N-Nitrosopiperidine
  • N -Nitrosopyrrolidine
  • N-Nitrososarcosine
  • Norethisterone
  • Ochratoxin A
  • 4,4´-Oxydianiline
  • Oxymetholone
  • Phenacetin and Analgesic Mixtures Containing Phenacetin
  • Phenacetin
  • Analgesic Mixtures Containing Phenacetin
  • Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Phenoxybenzamine Hydrochloride
  • Phenytoin
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, 15 Listings
  • Benz[a ]anthracene
  • Benzo[b]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[j]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[a]pyrene
  • Dibenz[a,h]acridine
  • Dibenz[a,j]acridine
  • Dibenz[ a,h]anthracene
  • 7H-Dibenzo[c,g]carbazole
  • Dibenzo[a,e]pyrene
  • Dibenzo[a,h]pyrene
  • Dibenzo[ a,i]pyrene
  • Dibenzo[a,l]pyrene
  • Indeno[1,2,3- cd]pyrene
  • 5-Methylchrysene
  • Procarbazine Hydrochloride
  • Progesterone
  • 1,3-Propane Sultone
  • ß-Propiolactone
  • Propylene Oxide
  • Propylthiouracil
  • Reserpine
  • Safrole
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Silica, Crystalline (Respirable Size)
  • Soots
  • Streptozotocin
  • Strong Inorganic Acid Mists Containing Sulfuric Acid
  • Styrene-7,8-oxide
  • Sulfallate
  • Tamoxifen
  • 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD); "Dioxin"
  • Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene)
  • Tetrafluoroethylene
  • Tetranitromethane
  • Thioacetamide
  • 4,4´-Thiodianiline
  • Thiotepa
  • Thiourea
  • Tobacco Related Exposures
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Smokeless Tobacco
  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Toluene Diisocyanate
  • o-Toluidine and o-Toluidine Hydrochloride
  • Toxaphene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol
  • 1,2,3-Trichloropropane
  • Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures
  • Solar Radiation
  • Sunlamps or Sunbeds, Exposure to Broad-Spectrum Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation
  • Ultraviolet A Radiation
  • Ultraviolet B Radiation
  • Ultraviolet C Radiation
  • Urethane
  • Vinyl Bromide
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • 4-Vinyl-1-cyclohexene Diepoxide
  • Vinyl Fluoride
  • Wood Dust

  • Scientists and doctors working in both government and the private sector have expressed concern over the increasing rates of some cancers, cancer now considered to be the leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease - a reversal in the decades long trend where heart disease was the predominant killer disease in US Society.

    In many cases it is the manufacturer or the employer that caused the exposure in the first place that could be found liable in such matters, if a connection can be shown between the cancer one may have developed or died from.

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    My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and second with liver cancer 4 months ago. No body in my family present any cancer before. Checking her diet she was eating chicken 2 times a day foster farm chicken. I know this cancer may start year ego. FDA approved from 1960 the use of arsenic on poultry. I seriously considered that the ingestion of chicken as her unique source of protein for years. She is in very bad situation now. Please let me know a soon is possible. Thanks.


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