WASHINGTON — The regular use of basic cleaning products may double the risk of women developing breast cancer, according to a press release.
A study in the international journal Environmental Health
suggests that using cleaning products may contribute to an increased risk of women developing breast cancer.
The use of cleaners including air fresheners and mold removers doubled the risk of breast cancer in women who used them most often, the release stated.
Products including mothballs, pesticides and insect repellents had little impact on the risks of women developing breast cancer, the release noted.
The study suggests that household cleaning products and pesticides may contribute to breast cancer because they contain "endocrine disrupting chemicals" or "mammary gland carcinogens."