Summer will soon be here and that means it’s time for backyard barbecues. It would be difficult to go through an entire summer without going to or having a barbecue. The barbecue has become a favorite pastime for families across the country once the weather gets warmer. But now, some are saying that grilling could potentially expose people to cancer.
A recent study in China has suggested that grilling my expose people to cancer causing chemicals. The chemicals are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and according to the study, they can enter a person’s body through the skin.
These PAHs are supposed to be produced from the burning of organic substances like coal, gasoline, and wood. The problem is that they can also be produced when meats are cooked using high-temperature methods, like grilling. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked with an increased risk of certain cancers.
Until this new study, previous studies had focused on being exposed to PAHs through the air, or in food. The new study focusing on the skin found that people absorb higher amounts of PAHs this way than through the air when around the grill. As one would think, the greatest exposure to PAHs still comes through the eating of barbecued meats.
There are carcinogens virtually everywhere and people are always at risk of exposure to PAHs even if they don’t go near a grill. In general, there is no level of exposure to carcinogens that is completely safe.
Medical experts believe people shouldn’t be overly worried about absorbing cancer-causing chemicals through their skin. For the average person it shouldn’t be a problem since most people don’t engage in going to barbecues on a regular basis.
This is just one more way that we can get cancer. It’s probably the best idea just to go ahead and grill as normal and not worry about it too much.