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Cleaning your nose can thwart cancer

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you work with sawdust on a regular basis, here's some basic advice: Wash your nose. Not just the outside, but the inside, too.

Sawdust, after a long enough time, can lead to cancer on the inside of the nasal passages. And sawdust isn't irritating enough to make you sneeze it out, so it just sits there.

According to the journal Occupational Medicine, the best way to protect yourself is to get a nasal syringe, and rinse the inside of your nose after you've finished working.

According to 46 woodworkers who tried it, nose washing isn't unpleasant, the journal reported.

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