12 Harmful Chemicals Linked to Cancer-related Pathways

12 Harmful Chemicals Linked to Cancer-related Pathways

August 13, 2022

What causes cancer?

It’s a complex question, and we don’t have all the answers yet. But we do know that in addition to our genes, diet, smoking, lifestyle and viruses, harmful chemicals play a part.

In its latest consumer guide, EWG’s Dirty Dozen: Cancer Prevention Edition, EWG highlights 12 such chemicals that have been found to disrupt cancer-related pathways in the body—known as cancer hallmarks.

Not surprisingly, these include chemicals such as BPA and lead that are particularly harmful to children and pregnant women, and substances that manufacturers add to common household goods and foods. Our families touch or consume some of these substances every day.

EWG lists these chemicals and offers helpful tips for how to avoid each of them.

More than one in three Americans will face a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime, so read the guide or download the PDF for this important information.

The new guide is the latest in EWG’s Dirty Dozen series. Others include: