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Lone Wolf
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reply to Trihexagonal

Re: food from cast iron skillet may taste funny

said by Trihexagonal:

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EPA: Compound in Teflon may cause cancer

The compound is perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Trace amounts of it have shown up in blood samples taken from people across the country. When rats and mice were exposed to PFOA in far greater amounts, they developed brain tumors. Now, an EPA advisory panel reports, "PFOA is a likely carcinogen in humans."

»www.nbcnews.com/id/8408729/ns/nb ··· -cancer/

The American Cancer Society disagrees with the 2005 article.

»www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercaus ··· id--pfoa

Do they cause cancer?

Teflon itself is not suspected to cause cancer. PFOA may be more of a health concern because it can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. It seems to be present at very low levels in just about everyone's blood. It's not clear how people are exposed to it, although it has been detected at low levels in some foods and drinking water systems and in household dust.

The possible effects of PFOA on cancer risk in humans are not completely understood. Studies in lab rodents have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors of the liver, testicles, mammary glands, and pancreas in these animals. But the results of these studies have not provided sufficient evidence for causing cancer in animals. So far, there is very little data about its ability to cause cancer in people.


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