Another reason to ban the use of BPA?

According to a study presented at the recent meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Francisco, early exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) increases risk for subsequent cancer in animal models of human prostate cancer.

For those not familiar with this topic, there is a long history of data suggesting that we should ban the use of BPA, which is used in the manufacture of things like plastic food storage containers, water bottles, the linings of canned goods, and plastic baby milk bottles (among other products). BPA is a recognized estrogen mimic and it has been linked to negative health effects.

The new study presented by Prins et al. at the meeting in San Francisco has now suggested that long-term exposure to BPA may be associated with risk for prostate cancer (although it would be inappropriate to state this with certainty as yet).

A summary of the findings presented by Dr. Prins and her colleagues is available on the CancerNetwork web site.

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