Humans breathe in 7,000 plastic molecules daily that cause cancer: Study - GulfToday

Humans breathe in 7,000 plastic molecules daily that cause cancer: Study


A woman carries out experiment at a house.

Moustafa Al Zoubi, Staff Reporter

A study at Portsmouth University revealed that humans breathe 7,000 small plastic molecules daily inside homes, each of which is equivalent to ten human hair width.

These plastic molecules come from various plastic bodies such as curtains, carpets, rubber and many other synthetic materials.

Scientists clarified that this could be linked to many health problems, specially those related to the lungs.

The study used high-tech equipment, to calculate the particles less than 10 microns, which are spread over everywhere at homes.

Professor Anoop Chauhan, a respiratory specialist at Portsmouth hospitals, said, "The risks of breathing in microorganisms is greater than we previously thought, and the existence of these particles in the body can cause stress and changes in metabolism.

“They also can affect the immunity, the ability to combat infection, and the reproductive capacity. It is likely to be a reason for cancer.”

Scientists also said these particles may cause inflammation or tissue damage. They are of an increasing risk to persons with basic respiratory problems.

"The danger of microorganisms at homes is 100 times worse than we thought. We breathe in about 7,000 molecules from our clothes, our games and furnishings every day, posing a health danger," added Professor Anoop Chauhan.

Previous studies concluded that micro-plastic molecules stabilize in all parts of the body, including the brain and intestines.

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