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Widely used flame retardants linked to deaths from cancer in people, study finds

Written by on April 2, 2024

A study reveals that flame retardants, specifically polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used in numerous consumer products across the United States, may significantly increase the risk of cancer-related deaths. The research found that those with the highest levels of PBDEs had a roughly 300% higher risk of dying from cancer compared to individuals with the lowest levels. This research builds on previous findings linking various flame retardants to cancer. PBDEs, known as endocrine disruptors, have been linked to numerous health issues, including obesity, thyroid disease, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The article suggests measures to minimize exposure to PBDEs, including:

– Check labels on products like nursing pillows, changing-table pads, crib mattresses, and exercise mats to avoid those treated with flame retardants.
– Encase infant car seats, foam mattress pads, and furniture cushions in fabric not treated with flame retardants to prevent the escape of chemicals from torn and exposed foam.
– When reupholstering older furniture, replace old foam with flame retardant-free foam, and use flame retardant-free padding under carpets.
– Regularly wet mop and vacuum with a high-efficiency HEPA filter to trap dust and chemicals, especially important in homes with children.

Source: CNN

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