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Certain chemicals in everyday life linked to breast cancer: Study

Published on May 12, 2014 2:44 PM
 
Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life, such as those from vehicle exhaust, have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said on Monday, May 12, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said on Monday.

The study published in journal Environmental Health Perspectives lists 17 chemicals to avoid and offers women advice on how to minimise their exposure. 

They include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection byproducts in drinking water.

Some of the biggest sources of mammary carcinogens in the environment are benzene and butadiene, which can come from vehicle exhaust, lawn equipment, tobacco smoke and charred food.

 
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