Carcinogen

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  • Any substance that produces or promotes cancer. This is a key consideration in evaluating the safety of pesticides and other chemicals.
  • A substance capable of causing or producing cancer in mammals.
  • a chemical capable of producing cancer
    Source: Jenkins, John B. 1990. Human Genetics, 2nd Edition. New York: Harper & Row
  • A substance that induces cancer.
  • A substance capable of inducing cancer; carcinogenesis is the complex, multistep process of cancer development.
    Source: Biotechnology Glossary
  • Any substance that can cause or aggravate cancer.
    Source: Terms of the Environment
  • A carcinogen is an agent with the capacity to cause cancer in humans. Carcinogens may be natural, such as aflatoxin, which is produced by a fungus and sometimes found on stored grains, or manmade, such as asbestos or tobacco smoke. Carcinogens work by interacting with a cell's DNA and inducing genetic mutations.


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