19, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- British researchers published a study report in
the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine saying that a rubber chemical
may increase risk of cancer in people exposed to the fumes during the
manufacturing of rubber products.
who were exposed to 2-mercaptobenzothiazole or MBT were found twice as likely
to develop colon cancer and four times as likely to be diagnosed with bone
marrow cancer as the general population, the study showed.
longer the exposure was, the higher the risk in the workers who were
occupationally exposed to the chemical.
Early studies have shown that MBT causes cancer in mice. The current
study is believed to the first to establish a link between the exposure to MBT
and increased risk of cancer.
study led by Tom Sorahan of the University of Birmingham and colleagues
involved 363 workers exposed to MBT who had worked at a plant for at least six
months between 1955 and 1984 and diagnosed with cancer during the period from
1971 to 2005.
the U.S., the National Toxicology Program does not seem to have recognized
the chemical as a human carcinogen.
the chemical was found once in a drug leading to regulatory responses by the
Disclaimer: What's published on this website should be considered opinions of respective writers only and foodconsumer.org which has no political agenda nor commercial ambition may or may not endorse any opinion of any writer. No accuracy is guaranteed although writers are doing their best to provide accurate information only.
The information on this website should not be construed as medical advice and should not be used to replace professional services provided by qualified or licensed health care workers. The site serves only as a platform for writers and readers to share knowledge, experience, and information from the scientific community, organizations, government agencies and individuals.
Foodconsumer.org encourages readers who have had medical conditions to consult with licensed health care providers - conventional and or alternative medical practitioners.