Well & Aware

Just the Facts: What is a Carcinogen?

The reason we wake up and come to work every day is not only to get safer products into the hands of everyone, but also because many of us have friends or family members who have gotten sick. We know that this story isn’t unique, and that is in and of itself is a harrowing fact.


Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime? We can’t point the finger to just one thing. It may be genetics, but it may also be the personal care products we use, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. So we ask: Why not control what you can control? Please pin, print, and pass this image on so that others may be empowered to take control, too.

Cancer is caused by changes in a cell’s DNA. Some of these changes can be inherited. Others may be caused by outside exposures, or “environmental exposures,” (like toxic ingredients in personal care products).

Substances that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens. Some carcinogens damage DNA directly, and others may cause cells to divide at a faster than normal rate, which increases the chance that DNA changes will occur.