PEOPLE who have an increased exposure to certain kitchen utensils could quadruple their risk of cancer, حذر الخبراء.
Researchers found that so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are lurking on pots, pans, spoons and other household items.
The chemicals, the experts at the University of Southern California (USC) قالت, can increase your risk of a common liver cancer known as non-viral hepatocellular carcinoma.
الدراسة found that those who had exposure to the toxins had a 4.5 fold increased risk of being diagnosed with the illness.
The chemical, perfluooctane sulfate, is known as a ‘forever chemical’ because it takes years to degrade in the environment.
They are also known as PFAS or “polyfluoroalkyl substances”.
بالوضع الحالي, Dr Jesse Goodrich, who is a postdoctoral scholar at USC said: “Liver cancer is one of the most serious endpoints in liver disease and this is the first study in humans to show that PFAS are associated with this disease.”
Medics looked at data of over 200,000 اشخاص.
From that, 50 people were found to have liver cancer, and were then matched with 50 people who did not.
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They then looked at blood samples of the volunteers that were taken before their diagnosis and these were then compared to those who did not have cancer.
Researchers discovered that many of the people who developed cancer had multiple types of chemicals in their blood streams.
These chemicals will usually get to the liver by being digested in some way.
The Centre for Disease Control (مركز السيطرة على الأمراض) in the US says they are everywhere, including on toiletries and the utensils we use to cook with.
Medics found that the chemicals altered the way glucose was metabolised in the body and also changed amino acids in the liver.
و لهذا, more fat forms around the liver – upping a person’s risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Those with the condition are at a greater risk of developing liver cancer.
It was previously found that PFAS are contained in the wrappers of popular fast-food chains.
The paper was based on samples from restaurants in San Antonio, نحن, found small amounts of phthalates.
These chemicals are used to make plastics soft and were found in 80 per cent of the samples collected.
The chemical is linked to a range of health problems including issues in the endocrine system which is a series of glands that produces and secretes hormones in the body, أ previous study وجدت.
Phthalates are also linked to fertility and reproductive issues, مع واحد 2020 دراسة having found that the chemical may ‘induce alterations in puberty, the development of testicular dysgenesis syndrome, سرطان, and fertility disorders in both males and females’.