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Reuters: U.S. Groups Target 20 Possible Causes of Cancer
July 21, 2010, 9:32 am
Filed under: News

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American Cancer Society and three federal agencies named 19 chemicals and shift work on Thursday as potential causes of cancer that deserve more investigation.

The group published a report with the backing of international experts who said the 20 potential causes they identified had fairly good evidence that they may be a danger and deserved more follow-up.

Most are familiar names, such as chloroform, formaldehyde and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, but the list includes indium phosphide, a relatively new compound used in making flat-screen televisions.

All have been classified as possible carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer or IARC, the United Nations cancer agency.

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