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Scientists Concerned Over Estrogen-like Chemical, BPA

USA Today reports that healthcare officials are raising concerns about the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like compound, and its link to the development of breast cancer. BPA is often used in packaging because it “helps to extend a product’s shelf life and protects food from contamination and spoilage.” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine have now issued a joint report stating that “in-utero exposure to environmental chemicals has been linked to miscarriage and stillbirth, impaired fetal growth and low birth weight, preterm birth, childhood cancers, birth defects, intellectual impairment and thyroid problems.” Studies suggest that exposure to BPA may increase the risk of breast cancer and disrupted egg development or chromosomal damage. Policy makers urge manufacturers to remove the chemical from packaging to prevent future health care issues.

Read it in USA Today.