List Of Cancer-Causing Substances Gets Longer

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It seems we hear the phrase “may cause cancer” more and more often, and, according to a new report, there are eight more substances that will now bear that tagline. In the 12th Report on Carcinogens, a congressionally mandated document from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the additional eight substances were nominated by public or private means and thoroughly evaluated before being added to the list, now 240 substances long.

Among the new additions to the list of carcinogens that may put you at higher risk for cancer is formaldehyde, an industrial chemical found in a variety of products ranging from textiles to hair-care formulas. Other substances that made their way onto the list include aristolochic acid, a botanical ingredient commonly found in Chinese herbal supplements; captafol, a fungicide no longer sold in the U.S.; cobalt-tungsten carbide, used in the production of machinery and tools; some types of inhalable glass wool fibers, commonly found in insulation products; o-nitrotoluene, an ingredient used in the synthesis of fabric dyes; riddelliine, a substance found in naturally-occurring, toxic phytochemicals in various plant species; and styrene, a synthetic material used in plastics and other substances.

It’s important to note that inclusion on the list doesn’t necessarily mean the ingredient will cause cancer. Factors such as length and degree of exposure should also be considered.

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