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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2209-2217; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202209

Recent Evidence Regarding Triclosan and Cancer Risk

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Department of Public Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
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Received: 16 January 2014 / Revised: 12 February 2014 / Accepted: 13 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Endocrine Disruptors and Human Health)
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Abstract

Triclosan is a broad-spectrum antibacterial commonly used in cosmetics, dentifrices, and other consumer products. The compound’s widespread use in consumer products and its detection in breast milk, urine, and serum have raised concerns regarding its potential association with various human health outcomes.  Recent evidence suggests that triclosan may play a role in cancer development, perhaps through its estrogenicity or ability to inhibit fatty acid synthesis. Our aims here are to review studies of human exposure levels, to evaluate the results of studies examining the effects of triclosan on cancer development, and to suggest possible directions for future research.
Keywords: triclosan; epidemiologic studies; breast neoplasms; cancer; xenoestrogens; fatty acid synthesis triclosan; epidemiologic studies; breast neoplasms; cancer; xenoestrogens; fatty acid synthesis
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Dinwiddie, M.T.; Terry, P.D.; Chen, J. Recent Evidence Regarding Triclosan and Cancer Risk. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 2209-2217.

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