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  • Could living in a cancer cluster raise my insurance rates?
  • February 22, 2013

    Estrogens, steroidal: Estrogen is linked to uterine and breast cancer. Estrogen is found in palm kernel oil, meat, milk products and contraceptives. It is also contained in some moisturizing lotions, wrinkle-smoothing creams, hair conditioners, shampoos and other grooming products.


    Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR): Typically derived from the sun, UVR radiation exposure is responsible for 90 percent of all skin cancers. Tanning beds have also been accused of heightening cancer risk.

    “After reviewing 20 epidemiological studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reaffirmed that solar radiation is carcinogenic to humans,” said Dr. Fatiha El Ghissassi, one of the authors of A Review of Human Carcinogens, a special report conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. “We have moved up UV tanning beds to the highest cancer risk category Group I. The risk of skin cancer is increased by 75 percent when use of tanning beds starts before age 30.”

    Ionizing radiation: CT Scans, X-rays, and nuclear radiation all have a damaging affect on DNA.

    Radon: Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is a natural occurring element in the environment, but it is also deadly. Exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer in several epidemiological studies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that one in 15 homes have elevated radon levels in the United States. This gas can also be found in groundwater, soil or building materials. There have also been significant levels of radon found in tunnels, power stations, caves, public baths and spas. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

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