Tap water and cancer link?


An environmental group warns what’s in tap water across California …  can lead to over 15-thousand cancer cases in the long run.

The study the Environmental Working Group studied test results from more than 2700 community water systems in California and concluded 15 thousand 500 people in the state  will likely be diagnosed with cancer after drinking tap water over a 70 year lifetime. Nearly half of those cases are from exposure to arsenic, about a third from disinfectant by-products and 16 percent from expsure to hexavalent chromium.

Dr. Nachman Brautbar was the toxicologist who exposed hexavalent chromium contamination in the Erin Brockovich case…. He is Professor Emeritus of toxicology and pharmacology at USC, and the principal consulting toxicology. He says,  “If you have chromium in the water you can have cancer, mainly lung cancer, arsenic is carcinogenic to the lung has also been associated with bladder cancer and skin cancer.”  Dr. Brautbar says more studies need to be done on the impact this cocktail of contaminants can have on each other in the human body—rather than simply adding up the risk each contaminant poses individually.

So what can you do to protect yourself from exposure to these contaminants in tap water?  Dr. Brautbar says one answer is to avoid drinking tap water altogether and rely on filtered water.

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