TORONTO, ON – The Endocrine Society, a group of scientists dedicated to hormone research, has released a major report linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to obesity as well as certain types of cancer. As many of these chemicals that mimic human hormones are found in consumer products, federal government action is needed to protect the health of Canadians.

The link between endocrine-disrupting (or hormone-disrupting) chemicals and cancer, such as cancers of the breast, and prostate, has been highlighted in numerous studies, but newer research shows that these chemicals are also linked to obesity and risk factors for diabetes. Whether it’s BPA in canned food or receipts, flame retardants in furniture or phthalates in plastics and fragrances, Canadians are exposed to endocrine disruptors daily.

Other common endocrine disruptors include triclosan, found in hand sanitizers, and parabens, found in cosmetics. The hormonal system is extremely sensitive and even low doses of these chemicals can have an impact on human health.
While evidence that endocrine disrupting chemicals are harming our health is growing, Canadians continue to suffer from increased rates of preventable cancers, diabetes, reproductive and neurodevelopmental impacts. After years of regulatory inaction, Canadians now expect swift action on harmful chemicals. Canada’s new government should act now to ban or restrict endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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Tim Ehlich, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521, ext. 223; 647-468-3641 (cell); tehlich@environmentaldefence.ca