Cancer Prevention

The Chemicals That Stick Around in the Body

How the U.S. tracks the potentially harmful substances that build up in humans

Most Americans do carry traces of dozens—possibly hundreds—of potentially toxic chemicals in their bodies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tests blood and urine samples in thousands of citizens as part of its continuing public-health surveys.

The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

Update (3/3/14): After this story went to press, the US Food and Drug Administration published a paper finding that BPA was safe in low doses. However, the underlying testing was done on a strain of lab rat known as the Charles River Sprague Dawley, which doesn't readily respond to synthetic estrogens, such as BPA.

BPA Absorbed From Cash Register Receipts, Study Finds

People who handled receipts coated with the controversial chemical BPA had the compound in their urine just a few hours afterwards, showing the compound soaks into the body through the hands, researchers reported Tuesday.

It’s not clear what that might mean for people’s health, however. The small study — just 24 people — showed 83 percent had the chemical in their bodies to start with. After handling the receipts bare-handed, all the volunteers did.

Cancer survivors warn teens of dangers of tanning, sun exposure

When prom season and graduation hover closer, many high school students urge one another to sign pledges to stay sober and act responsibly.

But some are making a different sort of promise — to steer clear of tanning salons — after hearing stories from young women dealing with devastating skin cancer.

Fluoride and Other Chemical Risks

New research finds exposure to fluoride in drinking water and several other common chemicals in early life diminishes brain function in children. Study lead author, Philippe Grandjean, tells host Steve Curwood fluoride, flame retardants, pesticides and and fuel additives may be affecting children's intelligence.


Yellow pigments in clothing, paper contain long-banned PCB

New, unpublished research has found that polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United States 35 years ago – are leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world.

Throwing on pajamas and curling up with a magazine could mean exposure to chemicals banned several decades ago. New, unpublished research has found that traces of polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United States 35 years ago – are leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world.

Walmart And Target Take Aim At Hazardous Ingredients

Big retailers formulate policies to regulate the chemicals that go into the products they sell

Megaretailers Walmart and Target announced last fall that they would reduce or eliminate ingredients in household goods that they deem harmful to human health and the environment. The policies, which focus on cleaners and personal care products, were applauded by advocacy groups that are pushing companies to disclose ingredients and apply more stringent safety criteria than required by law.

New test suggests antidepressant Paxil may promote breast cancer

A team of researchers from the City of Hope in Duarte has developed a speedy way to identify drugs and chemicals that can disrupt the balance of sex hormones in human beings and influence the development and progress of diseases such as breast cancer.

5 Foods That Turn Off Cancer Promoting Inflammation

There is a major pro-inflammatory gene lurking inside the center of every cell. When this gene gets turned on the stage is set for the development of cancer. You can turn it off with food.

Cancer Prevention: WHO Report says diet is critical

The World Health Organization caused alarm for some recently by releasing a report showing that we’re woefully unaware of the link between cancer and diet or lifestyle.