Prominent Chemical in Rubber Products Could be a ‘Carcinogen’: WHO

by Reshma Anand on  February 29, 2016 at 12:57 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
A new substance has joined the list of carcinogens Encyclopedia of the World Health Organization. The substance is commonly found in the rubber toys, condoms, rubber gloves, baby soothers, etc.
Prominent Chemical in Rubber Products Could be a ‘Carcinogen’: WHO
Prominent Chemical in Rubber Products Could be a ‘Carcinogen’: WHO

WHO has reported that mercaptobenzothiazole or MBT used widely in the manufacturing of rubber products could be a carcinogen. People who are working in the rubber factories are more likely to get exposed to this toxin than consumers.

‘A chemical called mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) that is found in condoms and babies' dummies probably causes cancer.’
People who are on the road can also inhale the dust from wearing tyres and vehicular exhaust. By inhaling MBT, the risk of cancer aggravates.

But the agency has not conducted wider research about the possible chances of cancer from MBT present in everyday products. It states that workers in factories are more likely to develop cancer from MBT than consumers, who come in contact with the carcinogen through items such as toys, condoms, etc.

Source: Medindia

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