8 Substances Added to Growing List of Carcinogens

Health officials have added eight new substances on the official list of toxins known to cause or suspected of causing cancer, which includes the widely used chemical formaldehyde.

Government scientists listed formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and said it is found in high quantities in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. Lab results showed formaldehyde caused nasal cancer in rats when tested. They also said that styrene, which is used in boats, bathtubs and in disposable foam plastic cups and plates, may cause cancer but is generally found in low levels. But the greatest exposure to styrene in the general population is through cigarette smoking. Read more…

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