By Sylvia Booth Hubbard, Newsmax, 5/1/2015
Common chemicals that make products resistant to water and grease could be giving you cancer, and environmentalists are calling for their ban.
Chemicals known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, are endocrine disrupters that studies show interfere with hormones, and the Natural Resources Defense Council says they can disrupt the brain development of children, damage the male reproductive system, and cause cancer.
Perfluorinated compounds or PFCs are a type of PFASs, and they have been used in thousands of products from Teflon cookware to pizza boxes to furniture and clothing. Although U.S. manufacturers stopped using the PFCs in pizza boxes and other food containers three years ago, they’re still used in other countries, such as China, and are imported into the United States.
A Danish study published this week found that PFASs increased the risk of miscarriage by up to 16 times. Other research, which follows the health of people exposed to PFASs by a chemical spill at a West Virginia chemical plant, point to an increase in thyroid disease and kidney cancer.