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The agents or factors that favour the development of cancer are called as carcinogens  or carcinogenic agents.

Some of the potent carcinogens are listed in the table given below:

Carcinogens

Organs affected

Soot, Coal tar

Lungs, skin

Asbestos

Lungs

Cadmium oxide

Prostate gland

Cigarette smoke

Lungs

 

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