Kelly George
July 21, 2010

If you keep a clean house, you could be putting your health at risk. A new study reveals the regular use of basic cleaning products could double the risk of developing breast cancer.

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According to the international journal Environmental Health, the use of cleaners including air fresheners and mold removers doubled the risk of breast cancer in women who use them often. The findings suggest that household cleaners and pesticides might cause breast cancer because they have “endocrine disrupting chemicals” or “mammary gland carcinogens.”

The study included 787 Massachusetts women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1988 and 1995. Each were questioned about their use of household cleaning products. However, researchers warn that “recall bias” may have altered results. Meaning, patients who felt chemicals contributed to the risk of developing breast cancer were more likely to report high use of cleaning products.

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