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"Styrofoam Chemical Styrene Added to Possible Carcinogens List” - Dr. Philip Landrigan

  • ABCNews.com
  • New York, NY
  • (June 13, 2011)

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