Researchers Raised Concern On Plastic Chemical BPA

The potential development of prostate cancer may start from the exposure of the mother’s womb to plastic chemicals, a new study says. These products also include water bottles, soup cans, and paper receipts, researchers suggested. The development of human prostate cells is studied in mice and the study yielded evidence that when mice are fed with bisphenol A (BPA), the risk of developing cancer or pre-cancerous changes is three times higher. Manufacturers widely utilize the use of BPA to soften plastics; however, some are worried that this might cause unpleasant effects due to their ability to imitate estrogen. The doses of BPA given to the mice were relatively the same as those commonly seen in pregnant women.

The new study of laboratory rats suggests that prostate cancer, which usually strikes men over 50, may develop when BPA and other estrogen-like, man-made chemicals pass through a pregnant woman’s womb and alter the genes of a growing prostate in the fetus. Prostate cancer develops in one in every six men but the progression increased over the last 30 years. The small doses of BPA found in newborn rats have been discovered to forever change the structure of genes in the prostate cells, a process of reprogramming in early life that upholds cancer in adulthood.

The prostate gland, which develops in human males when they are fetuses, is extremely sensitive to natural estrogen. This study resulted to researchers to long speculate that exposure to estrogen-like chemical in the womb may have contributed to the increasing number of prostate cancer in men. BPA possesses a characteristic that triggers changes in the genes that are passed on to the next generation, which is different from carcinogen chemicals.

Robot-assisted surgery is now the most popular laparascopic procedure and treatment for prostate cancer, offering lesser complications and faster recovery after prostatectomy. There are 171 prostate cancer men who have undergone robotic prostate surgery that have been observed to have shorter stays in the hospital and were able to resume with their daily activities, including sexual activity. Intuitive Surgical’s product liability insurers have filed lawsuits against the company for concealing legal claims from injured robotic surgery patients.






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