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A study published in Cancer Research claims that some prostate cancer cells are sensitive to the exposure of a chemical called BPA. This chemical is used to make food cans, milk container linings, food storage containers and water supply pipes. The chemical is similar to estrogen and therefore is more likely to affect hormone sensitive prostate cancers which accounts for 8-25% of all prostate cancers. The chemical affects the androgen receptors in prostate cancer and thus may make certain prostate cancer treatments (such as those that limit testosterone synthesis) less effective. The safety of the BPA chemical is still under debate - some claim it is safe in humans and others claim it enhances the growth of human tumor cells and can change the growth and development of animals.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EurekAlert
About: Chemical used in manufacture of some plastics may promote prostate cancer growth
Date: 3 January 2005
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