The chemical BPA (bisphenol A), found in many plastics, has been linked to a lot of health problems. Here’s another one specifically for pregnant women. A study in mice has found that exposing male fetuses to BPA could lead to a later-life higher risk of prostate cancer.
The researchers, from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), have investigated pregnancy exposure to BPA “because the chemical, which mimics the hormone estrogen, has been linked to several kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer, in rodent models.”
Dr. Gail Prins, the study’s director, says “Our research provides the first direct evidence that exposure to BPA during development, at the levels we see in our day-to-day lives, increases the risk for prostate cancer in human prostate tissue.”
To be safe, the FDA says you should:
• Avoid plastic containers that have recycle codes 3 or 7 on them (some may be made with BPA).
• Never use plastic bottles for hot liquids.
• Discard scratched bottles.