5. Food packaging
What causes cancer? Food, right? We often hear that our dietary choices impacts cancer risk, but the packaging may also play a role. Fast-food and fast food packaging like wrappers and boxes often contain perfluorinated chemicals. Also known as PFCs and PFASs, these grease- and stain-repellent linings in packaging easily migrate from the packaging and into food. These chemicals are linked to everything from cancer and developmental issues to reproductive problems, impaired immune function and other health effects.
How to avoid it: While eating out, it may be extremely difficult to avoid perfluorinated chemicals, but you can try to eat fresh meals at home as much as possible. Also avoid paper plates and other tableware — it’s often coated in the same grease-proofing chemicals. (So are most microwavable popcorn bags, so opt for the old-fashioned stovetop kind, too.)