Gender-bending chemicals put baby boys at risk of cancer

News — By on May 13, 2009 at 10:00 am

Gender-bending chemicals put baby boys at risk of cancer and infertility, report finds unborn baby boys are at greater risk of developing cancer and infertility later in life due to gender-bending chemicals found in food, cosmetics and cleaning products, a new report warns.

The chemicals are linked to increasing levels of birth defects, testicular cancer, and falling sperm counts among men, experts claim.
Professor Richard Sharpe, one of Britain’s leading reproductive biologists, said that the chemicals block the action of the male sex hormone testosterone, or mimic the female sex hormone oestrogen.

The government adviser’s report is the most detailed yet into how the chemicals endanger baby boys. Women trying for a baby have been warned to avoid contact with them.
Prof Sharpe told the Daily Mail: “You can’t do anything about chemicals in the environment but you can control what you expose a baby to through your lifestyle choices.

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