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EHN: Hispanics Face High Cancer Risk From Breathing Household Chemical
September 11, 2009, 1:35 pm
Filed under: News

Hispanics have a cancer risk from air pollutants as much as five times the rate of others living in the same cities. But it isn’t outdoor air posing the greatest danger; it is something much closer to home: Toilet deodorizers and moth repellents in their bathrooms and closets. Researchers call for a ban on the carcinogenic chemical used in the consumer products.

By Janet Wilson

September 11, 2009

Elena Rios still remembers going into the bathroom as a child and smelling a pungent odor from the big, round air freshener hanging on the back of the toilet.

“I’m Mexican American, I grew up in Los Angeles, and I can tell you that particular product was in all the stores in the neighborhood, at low cost,” said Rios, a doctor who currently heads the National Hispanic Medical Assn.

Now a new study concludes that heavy use of these products could be jeopardizing the health of consumers, particularly Hispanics, across the country.

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