Other Carcinogens

Learn about some of the environmental causes of cancer that may lurk in our homes, at work, in pollution, and even in some medical tests and treatments. You can also learn how some types of infections are linked to cancer.

General Information About Carcinogens

Here you can learn how potential carcinogens are tested and classified, find lists of known and possible carcinogens, and learn about cancer clusters.

Does This Cause Cancer?

Here we’ll talk about what you can do to better sift through the information you may see. We’ll go over some of the questions you should ask when you see news about something causing cancer.

Infectious Agents and Cancer

In the United States and other developed countries, a small portion of cancers are thought to be linked to infections. Learn more about some of the infectious agents linked to cancer in this section.

At Home

In this section you'll find information on some of the possible cancer-causing substances in and around the home, including radon, lead, and arsenic. You can also find information on consumer products such as cosmetics, hair dyes, and cell phones.

In the Workplace

For some people, the workplace can be a source of exposure to some potentially harmful substances, such as asbestos, benzene, or formaldehyde. Learn more about these and other workplace exposures here.


Find out more about some common sources of pollution, how they might affect your risk of cancer, and what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

Medical Treatments

Medical tests and treatments can be an important part of getting and staying healthy. But some types of tests and treatments may actually increase a person's risk of developing cancer. Get the facts about possible links between certain medical procedures and cancer in this section.