Female fetus exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may increase the risk of breast cancer later in life. BPA is an artificial estrogenic compound widely used in plastics for food containers, including baby bottles, canned food linings and Gaiam water bottles. BPA may increase growth of human breast cancer cells and may be also implicated in the development of other diseases such as prostate cancer and brain tissue damages.
A study from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston confirmed BPA may be implicated in the development of breast cancer. The study looked at female rats whose mothers were exposed to BPA during pregnancy; those rats were significantly more likely to develop breast cancer than those without being exposed to the compound. The results of study suggest the current exposure limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency of 50 mg/kg/day has put American women at risk of breast cancer.
Last updated April 23 2012
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