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Cancer

13 June 2011

Chemical in foam cups may cause cancer

The chemical styrene, ubiquitous in foam coffee cups and take-out containers, has been added to the list of chemicals considered possible human carcinogens, according to a new report.

The chemical styrene, ubiquitous in foam coffee cups and take-out containers, has been added to the list of chemicals considered possible human carcinogens, according to a new US government report.

Styrene is a widely used chemical. Products that contain it include insulation, fibreglass, plastic pipes, automobile parts, drinking cups and other food containers and carpet backing, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Styrene chemicals and cancer

 

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