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Cancer Experts: Limit BPA Exposure

Last updated on Friday, September 23, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A recent study by the Breast Cancer Fund has found substantive levels of BPA (bisphenol A) in canned goods.

The study looked at 12 different products of canned goods specifically marketed to children.

BPA is an estrogenic chemical that disrupts and mimicks the body's own hormones. St. Vincent Hospital medical oncologist Dr. Ruemu Birhiray says BPA has been linked in research studies with animals to problems in reproductive organs, prostate glands and the brain.

Birhiray says there are no formal regulations of BPA levels, but people are advised to limit their exposure.

Since BPA is found as a by product in plastics, several bottling companies have changed to BPA free materials, especially reusable water and baby bottles.

Connie Engel with the Breast Cancer Fund says the problem in canned goods is in the can's actual lining which is plastic and allows the BPS to seep directly into the food. The Breast Cancer Fund now has a petition on its website to encourage canning companies to change the can linings to a BPA-free material.

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