Chemical Plastic

November 14, 2012

Attention: Common Household Chemicals may Causing Cancer!

Brief:  Common chemicals found in household products may be causing a range of medical problems such as cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Common chemicals found in household products may be causing a range of medical problems such as cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, the Daily Telegraph reported. The European Environment Agency (EEA) warned other items such as cosmetics and medicines which contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) could be harmful to humans.

Recently, CNN reported that, according to the Environmental Working Group, 75 percent of 800 sunscreens tested in the US contained potentially harmful ingredients. Only one-fourth of them were effective at protecting our skin without any toxicity.

Officials said there was strong evidence that these chemicals cause harm and cautioned against their use, but stopped short of recommending a complete ban.

For instance, 56 percent of the products contained oxybenzone, which serves to absorb UV. But studies show that oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin, and it is believed to be linked to hormone disruption, cell damage and may lead to skin cancer.

The agency warned that five classes of chemicals needed more scrutiny. These included phthalates, which are often found in pesticides. Also included were bisphenol A and other PCBs, which are increasingly found in sunscreen and chemicals used in contraceptive pills.

* Originally posted: Attention: Common Household Chemicals may Causing Cancer!

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