Mixture of ‘safe’ chemicals may trigger cancer

A new study concluded that at least one in 5 cancers may be caused by exposure to ‘safe’ everyday chemicals in the environment that have nothing to do with genetics and/or food and other personal lifestyle choices.

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The study, undertaken by a taskforce of 174 scientists from 28 countries originated under the auspices of the international organization, Getting to Know Cancer.

Researchers were focused primarily on the role of hereditary and lifestyle factors, so were surprised by what they discovered about various chemicals deemed harmless by authorities—until they combined with some other chemicals, also considered safe.

The unexpected evidence suggests that chemicals may be capable of acting in concert with one another in the body to cause cancer, even though low levels of exposure to each of them individually might not be carcinogenic.

Chemicals are tested for carcinogenic risk, but only one at a time, leaving questions around the possibility that a fusion of chemicals contained in radiation, herbicides, bug killers, fertilizers, vaccines, prescription drug waste, etc. may instead be causing cancer.

Lead researcher William Goodson III, from San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, said the results clearly show that one-at-a-time testing is far out of date and must be modernized.

“Every day we are exposed to a chemical soup,” Goodson said, “so we need testing that evaluates the effects of our ongoing exposure to these chemical mixtures.

(Since there have been many mass die-offs of birds, bees, frogs and sea life, it seems that the dead creatures would offer fertile ground for investigating the environmental chemicals in their bodies, which may have caused or contributed to the deaths. Modern science is certainly capable of this type of testing and is probably already doing it.)

What is less certain is that information damaging to profits will be honestly acknowledged and publicized, and corrective action taken.

The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Carcinogenesis.

Source: Theguardian.com (UK)

 

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