alert on chemical in plastic drink bottles. The chemical found in every
day containers may cause prostate cancer
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bending” chemical found in everyday plastic food and drink containers,
tins and baby bottles may cause prostate cancer, scientists are warning.
Levels of the chemical typically found in humans can damage the prostate
but also make it inflamed – creating ideal conditions for the disease
to develop. It is the latest research to show that bisphenol A (BPA) is
harmful to human health.
widely used to harden plastics and is found in baby bottles, CD cases,
plastic cutlery and the lining of food and drink cans. Scientists are concerned
at its use because it mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen and may interfere
with the way hormones are processed by the body.
studies on animals have shown the chemical to be safe, but others have linked
it to breast cancer, liver damage, obesity and fertility problems.
estimated that BPA is detectable in more than 90 per cent of people and
is one of the world’s most widely manufactured chemicals, with more
than 2.2million tons made each year. Denmark became the first EU country
to ban BPA in food and drink containers for the under-threes earlier this
year and it has also been barred in Canada and three US states.
latest research, led by experts at the University of Illinois in Chicago,
saw newborn rats exposed to a low dose of BPA at levels similar to those
found in humans. It was discovered the level of BPA significantly
increased the rats’ susceptibility to certain lesions – which
are a known precursor of prostate cancer. The effect was the same whether
the chemical was delivered by injection or given orally.
Lyons, director of the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust,
said: “This is another study which builds on the mounting evidence
to suggest that BPA can contribute to prostate problems in men. But it is
not just men who should be wary. “Growing numbers of studies
suggest this hormone-disrupting chemical also contributes to breast cancer
in women and behavioural effects in children. It is high time that
regulatory agencies forced industry to use safer alternatives.”
days ago the Daily Express revealed how man-made chemicals in every home
are increasing the risk of breast cancer. The synthetic substances
used in foods, cosmetics, household products, plastic and medical treatments
are linked to a surge in rates of the disease.