Plastics linked to prostate cancer

Published: 2 June 2006
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, Packaging CONCERNS

According to KTLA (WB TV news in Los Angeles, Calif.), scientists have linked exposure to a widespread industrial compound that is proven to leak from plastics, bisphenol A or BPA, to genetic changes in animals’ developing prostate glands that “are precursors of the most common form of cancer in males.” BPA is broadly used in the manufacturing of items such as microwave cookware as well as hard, polycarbonate plastic baby bottles and has been detected in nearly every human body tested.

The current study provides the first evidence of a direct link between developmental low-dose bisphenol A and carcinogenesis of the prostate gland. This new study of laboratory rats suggests that prostate cancer may develop when BPA passes through a pregnant woman’s womb, altering the genes of a growing prostate in the fetus. As current research indicates that exposure to BPA “may provide a fetal basis for this adult disease” in humans and prostate cancer rates are on the rise, consumers may want to question what it truly is that they are consuming and what they may be passing on to their children.

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