Combination of ‘Safe’ Chemicals May Be Causing Some Cancers

Scientists suspect low-dose effects have led to global epidemic

Combination of 'Safe' Chemicals May Be Causing Some Cancers

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fifty everyday chemicals considered safe on their own can trigger cancer through combined exposure, says an international team of scientists.

The 174 scientists from 28 countries examined 85 chemicals believed to have no link with cancer. The investigators concluded that at current exposure levels, mixtures of 50 of those chemicals can lead to cancer.

“This research backs up the idea that chemicals not considered harmful by themselves are combining and accumulating in our bodies to trigger cancer and might lie behind the global cancer epidemic we are witnessing,” said study co-author Hemad Yasaei, a cancer biologist at Brunel University in London, England.

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