Chemicals commonly found in cleaning products and air fresheners may contribute to the increased risk of breast cancer in women, according to a case-control study reported in Environmental Health Journal.
The telephone interview, conducted by Silent Spring Institute, surveyed 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 control subjects. The survey asked participants which household products were used prior to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Some household cleaning and pesticide products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) which are known to interfere with natural hormones that may cause mammary gland tumors.
The study found that woman who used air fresheners and mold and mildew products are susceptible to breast cancer. Air fresheners and mold and mildew products contain phthalates, which have been shown to change hormone levels.
You can read the entire report HERE.
Sources: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/9/1/40; Wikipedia; Natural Awakenings, October 2011
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