Behind the numbers: 116 things that cause cancer

Article published on Nov. 3, 2015
Article published on Nov. 3, 2015

As evidenced by an exhaustive study conducted by a number of very important scientists, it turns out that life itself is the cause of death. New studies show that cancer is to a large extent the result of our own lifestyles. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are 116 things which you should avoid if you don't want the worst to happen.

Bacon, ham, tobacco, alcohol... are all part of the list release by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of carcinogenic products. The IARC has divided said products, as well as certain activities, into three categories: "Exposure circumstances", "mixtures" and "agents".

We can see that the exposure circumstances which most contribute to the illness are tobacco and tanning salons, but also aluminium and non-filtered water (because it can contain arsenic). To escape cancers many sufferings, you should also not drink alcohol, breath in car exhaust fumes or use contraception... but then that doesn't really leave much you are allowed to do!

The full list of carcinogens can be found here.


This article is part of our Behind the Numbers series, illustrating newsworthy stats with artistic design and a brief analysis.