Drinking From Plastic Bottles Increases Chances of Cancer in Womb

The results of a new study have found that mothers that drink from plastic bottles during their pregnancy may expose their babies to higher chances of developing cancer later in life. According to research conducted at the University of Illinois on lab mice, exposure to bisphenol A  is correlated to higher frequencies of prostate cancer. Lead researcher Gail Prins comments that the exposure level which could lead to higher risks for mothers and children is no greater than the average exposure humans are predicted to achieve on a daily basis. The article states:

The animal study involved implanting human prostate stem cells into mice. For the study, doses of BPA at relative levels similar to those seen in pregnant women were fed to the mice for the first two weeks after the transplant.  Next, the mice were exposed to raised oestrogen levels, mimicking the normal rise in oestrogen seen in ageing men.

Signs of cancer developed in the prostate tissue implants in a third of the mice fed BPA, compared with just 12 per cent of mice not exposed to the chemical. But 45 per cent showed signs of cancer if the stem cells were exposed to BPA before implantation and again during development.

The study's findings were reported to the Endocrine Society at their annual meeting in San Francisco. For more information on the study and its results and implications, please see the full article here.

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