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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Hidrocarburo

Hydrocarbon (HY-droh-KAR-bun)
A substance made of only hydrogen and carbon. Examples of hydrocarbons are coal, petroleum, natural gas and tar. They are used as energy sources. Being exposed to hydrocarbons may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.