Some of the compounds in tobacco smoke known to cause bladder cancer
in smokers are also associated with increased cancer risks in people who have
never taken a puff from a cigarette. A new study has found that compounds
called arylamines can be linked to bladder cancer risk in nonsmokers as well
as smokers, and may account for a significant proportion of nonsmoking-related
bladder cancer in the general population (J Natl Cancer
“These results give a very plausible possible explanation for
a lot of the unexplained incidences of bladder cancer,” said Paul Skipper,
PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, and indicate
that environmental sources of these carcinogens should be investigated.
Hampton T. Chemicals Linked to Bladder Cancer in Smokers May Play Wider Role. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2072. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2072
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