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Pool toys increase risk of cancer

Inflatable toys used by kids while swimming could increase the risk for cancer

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17 Apr 2017 | 02:06 pm
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That inflatable duckie might be cute but did you know it increases the risk for cancer? The researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany, analysed the ‘pungent’ smell emanating from toys such as beach balls, swimming armbands, bathing rings and various other inflatable toys and found that the odour has toxic chemicals such as cyclohexanone, isophorone and phenol. While Cyclohexanone can be quite harmful if inhaled, phenol is known to be extremely toxic and isophorone is a category 2 carcinogen, which means that it is a suspect substance in the development of cancer in humans.

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