Medical News Today - Potential Link Between Household Cleaning Products And Breast Cancer Should Be Investigated Say Researchers

July 21, 2010

By Catharine Paddock, PhD

Excerpt: US researchers found that women who reported high use of cleaning products, air fresheners and insect repellents had a higher risk of breast cancer compared with women who reported using them sparingly: however they cautioned that because the study relied on women's recall of product use, and their beliefs about how such products might contribute to cancer development could have influenced their recall, it should not be taken as proof of a link, but sufficient reason to research it more thoroughly.

You can read about how Dr Julia Brody, from the Silent Spring Institute, whose headquarters are in Newton, Massachusetts, and colleagues arrived at these findings in a report that was published online in the journal Environmental Health on 20 July.

For the study, which Brody and colleagues believe to be the first to investigate cleaning products and breast cancer, they conducted telephone interviews with 787 women in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1988 and 1995 and 721 women picked at random for comparison.

Household Exposure Study: Cape Cod, Massachusetts