WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks

By: Crhisti Paul Email
By: Crhisti Paul Email

More than 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime and sometimes what's in our environment - what we eat, breath and are exposed to - can lead to cancer.

Now, the President's Cancer Panel is suggesting the threat from some everyday items may be stronger than we realize, and they recommend we try to limit contact with potential carcinogens.

Among the substances to look out for, radon, formaldehyde, benzene, arsenic.

And they can be found in everything from hair dye to plastic containers.

Christi Paul has more in today's Health Minute.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals in use in America, and only a few hundred have been tested for safety.

So what can you do to reduce environmental cancer risks?

The President's Cancer Panel recommends the following :

-Take your shoes off when you walk in the door to keep from tracking unwanted chemicals into your home; and wash work clothes separately.

- Also, get a water filter for you tap to filter out potential chemicals in drinking water.

- And store your water or fluids in stainless steel, glass or bpa and phthalate-free (prono: Thah -late) Containers.

- Use ceramic or glass containers instead of plastic when using the microwave.

- And if you're grilling, don't eat charred meat.

- Also, to reduce your exposure to pesticides: Try to eat organic. Wash conventionally grown produce thoroughly. And you might want to reduce your intake of meats raised with antibiotics and growth hormones.

- Also, use a headset when making cell phone calls to limit your exposure to electromagnetic energy or text instead of calling.

- And periodically check the radon levels in your home. Try to limit your exposure to radiation from medical tests or x-rays as well.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Christi Paul.

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