What Gave Rise to the Cancer-Causing Agents?
Cancer cells, if not controlled and arrested, will only result to untimely death since the abnormal cells eventually take over the entire body.
When did cancer start to affect mankind as a whole? In the many studies related to cancer, it is said that between the 1940s and 1950s, an American doctor working in the chemical industry was able to establish that industrial pollutants were causing cancer growth among humans. Their number has increased since then, considering that some of the industrial contaminants accounted today were not among those that were established by the American doctor during his era.
In fact, it is said that an ordinary person contains more than a hundred different compounds in his body and most of them did not exist 60 years ago, when the said cancer-causing industrial substances were first discovered by the American doctor.
In a recent report published by the Boston University School of Public Health, the causes of cancer are not only occupational, but also environmental. There was a notable decline in cancer incidences only if there was also a decline in demand, or there were exposure-prevention measures against the industrial pollutant in the workplace.
Lung-cancer rates dropped when there was less demand for the production of tobacco, while gall-bladder cancer also dropped due to the elimination of aromatic-amines. The latter is a by-product of benzidine-based dyes as it contaminates the air in a work environment or ambient air if linked to tobacco smoke.
However, the emergence of several types of cancers is on the rise, linked to both occupational and environmental exposure. Experts agree that these carcinogens affect our bodies as we become exposed to said substance for long periods of time. Despite the previous bans on man-made chemicals during the last 15 years, the development of new chemicals that are widely used in a broad range of consumer products have likewise increased the threats of developing cancerous diseases.
So much so, that exposures to these cancer-causing substances have become unavoidable, as they are present in every facet of the environment. Their presence in home building materials, cleaning detergents, cosmetics and personal care products and in job occupations in industries that manufacture these products, will bring us to the reality that long–term and excessive exposures are now common place.