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Endocrine disruptors linked to several cancers: Expert

Panaji, Feb 20 (UNI) Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are an exogenous (non-natural) chemical or mixture of chemicals that interferes with any aspect of hormone action. There is good reason to suspect that increasing chemical production and use is related to the growing incidence of endocrine-associated disorders over the past 20 years, including male reproductive problems, early female puberty, cancers, and neuro-behavioural disorders, according to an expert.
Speaking to UNI, Dr Naresh Purohit, Advisor-National Cancer Control Programme, averred that the exponential growth of pollutant discharges into the environment due to increasing industrial and agricultural activities is a rising threat for human health and a biggest concern for environmental health globally.
''Several synthetic chemicals, categorized as potential environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are evident to affect the health of not only livestock and wildlife but also humankind. In recent years, human exposure to environmental EDCs has received increased awareness due to their association with altered human health as documented by several epidemiological and experimental studies. EDCs are associated with deleterious effects on male and female reproductive health; causes diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorders, thyroid homeostasis and increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers. These EDCs act via various receptors through a variety of known and unknown mechanisms including epigenetic modification,'' he said.
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