The health conditions of today’s world are much more complicated than those from the past decades. In addition, it is considerably hard to diagnose a particular disease’s cause. For instance, in the case of cancerous growths, various factors can be the cause of cancer in a specific case.
To know more about this issue, researchers are looking at the condition from new angles. However, some of the biggest contributors are still common despite that fact many people know about it for a long time. One of them is the common household water.
Previous research on water shows not only its connection with cancer but a number of other concerns. Secondly, there is also criticism of some of the ‘positive’ steps such as flouridification of water. People on one side appreciate its benefits for dental health. Others highlight the negative effects of fluoride on general health.
The new research looking at the connection between drinking water and cancer shows around it may be the main cause of in100,000 cases.
Researchers from the Environmental Health Group explore chemicals in household waters which increase the risk of cancerous growths. Most of the data were from public water suppliers and did not include private water contributors. The findings of the study appear in the journal Helyion.
New Cumulative Method To Study Risk Of Cancer
Cancer is one of the fastest spreading health issues in the United States. According to the statistics, there are more cases of every form of cancer despite the advancements in treatment options. To further control the spread and know more about any cause of cancer, more research is needed.
This is also why the new research is important. Additionally, the new study takes on the cumulative framework in their research in their data which came from around 48,363 water providers.
The researchers state that the common water contains multiple chemicals including the ones for sanitization purposes. Therefore, the effects of what makes water a cause of cancer may be due to the combination of all the chemicals.
Furthermore, the team also took data from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. This was for knowing what quantity of a certain chemical can be potentially hazardous and lead to cancer.
After analyzing the data, the team found that arsenic limitations were most popularly crossed. Approximately, around 141 million people drank water with high levels of the chemical.
Moreover, there was a prediction that this can potentially cause around 45,300 cases of cancer. Generally, the lifetime cancer cases due to household water were estimated to be 105,887 cases.
Better Safety For Common Water
Though there were some problems in the research, it still has significant findings. The researchers themselves agree that public water safety should be a priority considering the high number of people with exposure to arsenic.
Such chemicals cannot only increase the risk of cancer but other health conditions as well. Therefore, it is better to cut down the causes of cancer rather than treatment in the future.