Medical News Summary: 17 substances added to America’s list of carcinogens


About: 17 substances added to America’s list of carcinogens
Date: 31 January 2005
Source: CTV
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by CTV): The US government has added 17 new substances to its list of cancer-causing agents which now totals at 246. Viruses were for the first time named as culprits. Chronic Hepatitis B and C infections have been added to the list due to their ability to cause liver cancer. Certain human papilloma viruses have been added due their associated risk of cervical cancer. Other additions include: x-rays and gamma radiation (may cause leukemia and cancer of thyroid, breast, lung, salivary gland, stomach, colon, bladder, ovaries, central nervous system and skin) and neutrons. Substances that are likely to be human carcinogens added to the list include: naphthalene (may cause respiratory system cancers); heterocyclic amine compounds such as MeIQ, MeIQx and PhIP (may cause colon, liver, mouth and skin cancer); lead (may cause lung and stomach cancer); cobalt sulfate (may cause adrenal gland and lung cancer); nitromethane; diazoaminobenzene; nitrobenzene; thiodianiline and 1-amino-2 and 4-dibromoanthraquinone.
Related Disease Topics: Cancer, Virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Infection, Liver cancer, Papilloma virus, Cervical cancer, Leukemia, Thyroid cancer, Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Salivary gland cancer, Stomach cancer, Colon cancer, Bladder cancer, Ovarian cancer, Central nervous system cancer, Skin cancer, Respiratory system cancer, Liver cancer, Mouth cancer, Adrenal gland cancer

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