Chemical found in babies’ dummies and condoms could cause cancer

The World Health Organisation has said a chemical that is found in babies’ dummies and condoms “probably causes cancer”.

WHo scientists have concluded MBT or 2-mercaptobenzothiazole, which is in a wide range of rubber products such as condoms, babies’ dummies, rubber gloves, elastic bands and car tyres, should be added to its “encyclopaedia of carcinogens”.

However experts have said that the general public should not be concerned as it is more of a threat to factory workers who produce the items.


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MBT has been linked to bladder cancer, bowel cancer and a type of blood cancer.

Professor Hans Kromhout, a member of the committee that reviewed the chemical, said: “It has been identified in gloves and baby bottle teats and soothers. It has recently been identified in inhalable road dust with the wearing of rubber tyres the most likely source of this contamination.”

MBT has been linked to bladder cancer, bowel cancer and a type of blood cancer.

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