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UK News Chemical found in drinking water causes more than 1,300 cases of bladder cancer a year

06:35  16 january  2020
06:35  16 january  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A chemical found in drinking water causes more than 1,300 cases of bladder cancer in the UK a year, a study has found.

The chemical, known as trihalomethanes (THMs) is a byproduct of a disinfectant in water, was known to be a cause of the disease.

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Now, researchers have quantified its effect, finding it to be responsible for 1,356 diagnoses a year, or 9.2 per cent of all cases of bladder cancer in the UK.

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Across Europe, it causes 6,500 cases, just under 5 per cent of the total for the continent.

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The average level of THMs in drinking water in all countries was well below the maximum possible limit in the EU

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The study was conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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"Over the past 20 years, major efforts have been made to reduce THM levels. However, the current levels could still lead to a considerable bladder cancer burden, which could be prevented by optimising water treatment, disinfection and distribution practics," said ISGlobal researcher Manolis Kogevinas.

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Each year , more than 6,500 cases of bladder cancer —nearly 5 percent of all cases in Europe— can be attributed to exposure to trihalomethanes The number of attributable bladder cancer cases was estimated through a statistical calculation linking average levels of trihalomethanes with the

The average level of THMs in drinking water in all countries was well below the maximum possible limit in the EU - but the maximum reported concentrations did exceed the limit in nine countries, including the UK.

It also exceeded the limit in Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

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