The Sydney Morning Herald - House-proud women cancer risk

July 20, 2010

By John Von Radowitz

Excerpt: House-proud women who like to keep their homes clean and fragrant may be at greater risk of breast cancer, research suggests.

Scientists found significant links between the disease and women's use of cleaning products, air fresheners and mould removers.

General use of cleaners doubled the risk of breast cancer in women who used them the most, experts found.

Among the different kinds of products, air fresheners and mould and mildew removers had the strongest association.

In contrast, mothballs, pesticides and insect repellents had little impact on breast cancer risk.

US researchers conducted telephone interviews with 787 women aged 60 to 80 years old in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with breast cancer and 721 healthy women also in that age range.

Household Exposure Study: Cape Cod, Massachusetts