Common Chemical on Pots and Pans Linked to Cancer

Common Chemical on Pots and Pans Linked to Cancer

This Cancer-Causing Chemical May Be Hiding In YOUR Pantry

( – Modern life has its perks, and we enjoy many conveniences without much thought about their effects on our health. Even so, researchers are uncovering evidence that one modern item could be exposing people to harmful substances. A recent study linked a popular chemical found on pots and pans to a type of cancer.

Forever Chemicals

There are thousands of “forever chemicals” spread across a range of everyday items. The substances refer to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and earn their name from the fact they last a very long time and build up in the water, soil, and the human body.

Forever chemicals first appeared in the 1930s and were an essential part of non-stick cookware. Since then, PFAS have become a popular part of several industries, such as cosmetics and construction, that benefit from the substances’ liquid- and fire-resistant properties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the many ways people can expose themselves to forever chemicals.

Helpful but Harmful

PFAS have been extremely useful, and companies have taken advantage of them for years. Nonetheless, researchers for the American Cancer Society (ACS) have linked some of the chemicals to different types of tumors in animals affecting the liver, testes, breast tissue, and pancreas. The ACS notes the two most common forever chemicals linked to different cancers are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acids (PFOS).

In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested eight major companies phase out the utilization of the chemicals due to health concerns. ACS noted the chemicals are no longer available for service in the United States. But, as the name “forever chemicals” insists, these substances don’t just go away, and researchers are still finding them everywhere.

Postdoctoral public health researcher at Keck School of Medicine (KSM), Jesse Goodrich, and Veronica Wendy Setiawan, a professor at KSM, published a report in the Journal of Hepatology that shows there’s a link between these compounds and cancer in humans as well. Unfortunately, years of consumers using teflon-coated pots and pans preceded the findings.

While the study has provided disturbing results, finding them wasn’t an easy feat. Professor Setiawan explained obtaining the necessary examples was difficult, making human-based research scarce. Thanks to the new study, scientists at the University of Southern California now believe high concentrations of the forever chemicals may impair the liver’s function in metabolizing glucose, bile acid, and branched-chain amino acids. These issues create the perfect environment for fat to build around the organ, resulting in fatty liver disease. One study found the condition increased a person’s chances of developing cancer by 350%.

Nonstick chemicals may have been key to creating revolutionary products, but researchers needed time to understand the downsides. Perhaps if those who created the chemicals had known the damage these forever chemicals would do, scientists wouldn’t have been so quick to release them out to the masses.

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