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Offline Carolyn

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Can we get breast cancer from bottled water?
« on: 10/03/2008 20:03:42 »
I received this e-mail today and was wondering if it was another one of those stupid emails meant to strike fear into everyone or if it's actually true.  I'm hoping it's BS because I do this ALL the time.  Am I correct in assuming that if it is true that it would be just as dangerous for men?

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Women....bottled water in your car.....very dangerous!!!
This is how Sheryl Crow got breast cancer. She was on the Ellen show and
said this same exact thing. This has been identified as the most common
cause of the high levels in breast cancer, especially in Australia .

A friend whose mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The Doctor
told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.

The doctor said that the heat and the plastic of the bottle have certain
chemicals that can lead to breast cancer. So please be careful and do not
drink bottled water that has been left in a car, and, pass this on to all
the women in your life. This information is the kind we need to know and be
aware and just might save us!!!! The heat causes toxins from the plastic to
leak into the water and they have found these toxins in breast tissue. Use
a stainless steel Canteen or a glass bottle when you can!!![/
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« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2008 20:43:16 »
Firstly, nobody knows why anybody gets breast cancer.  You can talk about risk factors, but even if you put all the risk factors together, you cannot predict any certainty of outcome (either positive or negative).

There has been in the past some questions raised about the use of phthalates in the manufacture of many plastics (including those used for bottled drinks, but not only bottled water, as well as children's toys, and many other products).  Some phthalates were considered to mimic natural hormones, and so possibly cause a number of hormonal problems, including, but not limited to, possible increases in breast cancer risks.  A number of phthalates are now banned for various uses in the EU and the US, but I cannot say which phthalates are banned, and which pose risks (I don't know there is a definite answer on the latter, since many of the risks are more hypothetical than epidemiologically proven).

In my view, glass is a far preferable material for food containers than plastics; but the weight penalty of glass makes it unattractive for food distributors.
« Last Edit: 10/03/2008 20:46:19 by another_someone »
 

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Can we get breast cancer from bottled water?
« Reply #2 on: 07/02/2009 04:58:49 »
This is an urban legend. Plastics do not ordinarily contain dioxin and that is the supposed carcinogen in this story. You can look if you wish but you'll find no scientific evidence to support any of what that email claims...
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/02/2009 11:19:31 »
Come on - you're taking your science from the Ellen show??

To paraphrase Paracelsus - the toxicity is in the dose - not the substance.  Phthalates (plasticizers) and many compounds can have weak estrogenic effects on isolated cultured cells in lab experiments.   Only the screaming activists can equate this with real life risks.  Be aware - the only chemicals that have no theoretical safety or toxicology concerns are those not tested sufficiently - and this includes all natural chemicals.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 08/02/2009 02:04:37 »
Come on - you're taking your science from the Ellen show??

Uhm...no.  I take most of my science from here, otherwise I would've written to the Ellen Show instead of posting the question here.
 

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