Dr. Philip Landrigan Comments “Styrofoam Chemical Styrene Added to Possible Carcinogens List”

New York, NY
 – June 13, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added eight more substances to its "known human carcinogen" or "reasonably anticipated to be carcinogen" lists today, one week after a World Health Organization study concluded that cell phones may cause cancer. Among the substances is styrene, a synthetic chemical found in Styrofoam and used in the manufacturing process for products such as pipes, fiberglass, automobile parts and other materials. "As a pediatrician, I'm in the business of urging caution and I think this is a case where it's reasonable to urge caution even while the data are incomplete," said Dr. Philip Landrigan of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Learn more