Notices
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Can plastic ingestion be linked to cancer?

  1. #1 Can plastic ingestion be linked to cancer? 
    Forum Freshman
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Shenzhen
    Posts
    64
    Hey,

    I really don't know much about this, but I've heard people mention that, for example, using certain kinds of plastic bottles repeatedly can raise your risk of cancer. Also, I've been told that ingesting small amounts of plastic from dental floss that has shredded can also raise the risk.

    Is there any truth in this?

    Any help would be great.

    Cheers.


    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2  
    Forum Cosmic Wizard i_feel_tiredsleepy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Montreal
    Posts
    2,256
    Yes, some plastics have confirmed carcinogenic properties in animal studies, but I don't know the names off the top of my head. Although, I'm pretty sure the risk is quite low, and it usually involves the plastic having been heated resulting in carcinogens leaching into the water/drink contained in the bottle.


    "I almost went to bed
    without remembering
    the four white violets
    I put in the button-hole
    of your green sweater

    and how i kissed you then
    and you kissed me
    shy as though I'd
    never been your lover "
    - Leonard Cohen
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3  
    Forum Freshman americium-yttrium's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    10
    Apparently, these days practically almost everything is linked to cancer. I wouldn't believe it just yet; the tiniest correlation can lead to theories like this which are unlikely to be true.

    Keep flossing as per usual.
    I'm a (Fe)male - A male with iron added, for greater strength, ductility, and magnetism.

    http://twitter.com/amywilsoncat
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4  
    Forum Radioactive Isotope skeptic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    4,840
    AY is correct. Ingesting plastic, which is about as inert a material as you can get (unless you like eating sand), is unlikely to cause any problems besides indigestion.

    Incidentally, here are a couple of interesting health correlations, which epidemiologists have discovered.

    Those who brush their teeth at least twice a day have a much lower incidence of heart attacks while relatively young.

    Those who have had the smallpox vaccination have a much lower chance of contracting melanoma.

    Why?
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •