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15 Ways Your Home Could Be Giving You Cancer

The Remedy Logo By Karina Margit Erdelyi of The Remedy | Slide 1 of 16: You’ve been waiting all day for this: A chance to just go home and relax. You throw your keys on the kitchen counter and heat up some water for a soothing cup of tea. Then you take off your shoes, feel the soft carpet on your feet, and head to the bedroom to light a scented candle, fluff your cotton pillow, and climb right into bed.Tomorrow, you’ll pick up your dry cleaning. Tonight, you’ll just sleep.Sounds heavenly, right? Yet lurking in your safe haven could be a very unsafe collection of cancer-causing pollutants. Your bed, candle, carpet, sheets—even your tap water may contain or emit harmful chemicals that can raise your risk of cancer. The President’s Cancer Panel warned Americans about certain dangers nearly a decade ago. And just this week, a brand-new study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University linked nitrates in some drinking water to the development of more than 12,000 cases of cancer a year.Not all cancers are preventable, but with some simple changes around the house, you can significantly lower your risk. Read this special The Remedy report on the top 15 cancer-causing household items—and our recommended safer options—and put the “sweet” back in “home sweet home.”

15 Ways Your Home Could Be Giving You Cancer

You’ve been waiting all day for this: A chance to just go home and relax. You throw your keys on the kitchen counter and heat up some water for a soothing cup of tea. Then you take off your shoes, feel the soft carpet on your feet, and head to the bedroom to light a scented candle, fluff your cotton pillow, and climb right into bed.

Tomorrow, you’ll pick up your dry cleaning. Tonight, you’ll just sleep.

Sounds heavenly, right? Yet lurking in your safe haven could be a very unsafe collection of cancer-causing pollutants. Your bed, candle, carpet, sheets—even your tap water may contain or emit harmful chemicals that can raise your risk of cancer. The President’s Cancer Panel warned Americans about certain dangers nearly a decade ago. And just this week, a brand-new study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University linked nitrates in some drinking water to the development of more than 12,000 cases of cancer a year.

Not all cancers are preventable, but with some simple changes around the house, you can significantly lower your risk. Read this special The Remedy report on the top 15 cancer-causing household items—and our recommended safer options—and put the “sweet” back in “home sweet home.”

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