Is Incense Unsafe?

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Love the incense your spa uses to enhance the relaxing atmosphere? Well, you may find it hard to relax after you hear about a study that links burning the aromatic sticks to increasing cancer risk.

Used widely in daily Asian life and in various western practices, incense may seem like a harmless way to set a mood with aromatherapy; but a Danish study has shown that frequent use of incense in rooms with minimal ventilation doubles the risk of upper respiratory cancerous cell growth. While the research did not show an increased threat of lung cancer, the American Lung Association now considers incense a risk.

Although incense is not considered as threatening as smoking, researchers recommend reexamining how frequently it is burned, and if the environment in which it is burned traps its carcinogens.

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