Research Brief: Possible link found between exposure to household chemical and heart disease and cancer

January 15, 2019

Story via the Office of University Relations. Featuring research from Masonic Cancer Center member Anna Prizment.

Dichlorophenols (DCPs) are chemicals known to disrupt hormone systems. DCPs can be found in a variety of consumer and industrial products, such as deodorizers, antibacterial additives and even chlorinated drinking water.

A new University of Minnesota School of Public Health study, recently published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, investigated two types of DCPs (2,5-DCP and 2,4-DCP) and found that exposure to them suggests a possible link with a higher prevalence of heart disease and cancer.

Lead author and Ph.D. candidate Mary Rooney found the link between DCPs and the diseases by analyzing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of 3,617 participants included information on their self-reported history of illness, as well as urine tests, that estimated their exposure to DCPs.

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