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Prostate Cancer

Chemicals and diseases February 16, 2014 2:07 pm

Today, one in four cancers diagnosed in men is of the prostate. Prostate cancer – which is “hormone dependent” and linked to our sex organs – is one that dominates the cancer epidemic.

During the past 30 years – a period in which our exposure to chemicals has grown rapidly – the number of cases of prostate cancer in men has increased by 271% and is appearing in younger men.

Established risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history and ethnic group. The recent World Health Organization (WHO) report says endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may contribute to prostate cancer: “Sufficient evidence exists to make an association with exposures to mixtures of pesticides in agriculture and manufacturing and to cadmium and arsenic.”

Since then, a report in Scientific American says that animal research has shown exposure to low levels of the EDC bisphenol A during development, may make men more susceptible to prostate cancer later in life.

Useful resources

Environmental Health News, BPA exposure linked to prostate cancer, January 2014

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