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Cancer warning: ‘Forever chemicals’ linked to a risk of liver cancer

Cancer occurs when a trigger causes cells in different parts of the body to proliferate uncontrollably. Smoking and older age are the biggest risk factors for this malignancy, but the list of precursors is growing. According to new findings, a set of ubiquitous chemicals found in several cosmetics may be linked to the development of liver cancer.

The findings of a new study, conducted by researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, suggest exposure to synthetic “forever” chemicals could be linked to liver cancer.

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), which belongs to a class of forever chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), was found to be implicated in the development of non-viral hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common liver cancer.

The forever chemicals, so-called because they are broken down very slowly by the body, are found in a wide range of consumer and industrial products.

According to the website Chem Trust,

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