6 cancer-causing items hiding in your home (slideshow)

You do everything you can to stay healthy. You eat well, exercise and take your vitamins…

But did you know ordinary items lying around your house could be sabotaging your efforts? Some of these items contain carcinogens that cause your cells to divide faster, damage your DNA or trigger other processes in your body that can eventually lead to cancer.

That means you’ll want to scratch them off your shopping list sooner rather than later… and get rid of whatever’s already hiding in your house. But first you need to know which unassuming items in your home are really carcinogens in disguise…

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.