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Cancer warning: Two types of scented candle that 'may increase cancer risk' – what to buy

Life & StyleCancer warning: Two types of scented candle that 'may increase cancer risk' - what to buy


The threat of cancer hangs over everyone and the risk increases with age. However, you can modify your risk of the deadly disease. Evidence suggests the type of candle you buy could play a role in the development of cancer.

That’s the conclusion of a recent review of the literature conducted by CancerFactFinder.org, a recently launched website that reviews the evidence on cancer claims.

According to the health portal, two of the largest concerns with scented candles are toxic wax and toxic wicks.

The health body explains: “Some aromatherapy candles are made of paraffin, which is a petroleum byproduct that releases carcinogenic soot when burned (Green America).”

“This soot can also cause or aggravate respiratory problems and damage the inside of your house (for example computers, electrical appliances, ductwork).”

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What’s more, “harmful concentrations of other pollutants (formaldehyde, CO2, CO, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds [VOCs]) are also found in homes that burn scented candles regularly”.

CancerFactFinder.org concludes: “Occasional use of scented candles is unlikely to have any carcinogenic effect, but frequent burning of non-vegetable or non-soy-based scented candles may increase cancer risk.”

Exposure to other substances have been shown to increase cancer risk.

According to Cancer Research UK, exposure to asbestos, silica, and diesel exhaust can increase the risk of lung cancer.”

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In the UK, more than one in four cancer deaths (over 25 percent) are caused by smoking.

According to Macmillan Cancer Support, breathing in other people’s smoke (passive smoking) also increases your risk of developing cancer.

“Keep your home smoke-free to protect you and your family’s health,” advises the charity.

“If you smoke, giving up is one of the most important things you can do for your health.”

Being overweight increases the risk of many types of cancer, including cancers of the bowel, kidney, womb and gullet (oesophagus), it adds.

According to the NHS, a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 puts you in the overweight range.

BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy.

It is the most widely used method to check if you’re a healthy weight.



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