BPA Increases Risk of Cancer in Human Prostate Tissue, Study Shows – Science Daily

As our legislature begins, a bill to ban fire retardant and other chemicals from Puget Sound is going to be promoted by the Toxics Coalition and supported by our Olympic Peninsula State Representatives, Kevin Van de Wege and Steve Tharinger. Here’s a good reason why you should support it also.

Fetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as water bottles, soup can liners and paper receipts can increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago published Jan. 7 online in the journal Endocrinology. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to soften plastics. Steering clear of the chemical is nearly impossible, says Gail Prins, professor of physiology at UIC and lead author of the paper.


Study ties chemical BPA to possible miscarriage risk – Seattle Times

Given that we know that BPA is in Puget Sound, this is a sobering report.

New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to “the biological plausibility” that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The study was to be presented Monday at the group’s annual conference in Boston. Last month, ASRM and an obstetricians group urged more attention to environmental chemicals and their potential hazards for pregnant women. Marilynn Marchione reports.


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