Chemicals in fire-resistant sofas could be linked to an increase in cancer warn scientists

BENJAMIN RUSSELL |

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The fire retardant chemicals in sofas and mattresses could be causing an increase in thyroid cancer , scientists have warned.The surge has been linked to the use of chemicals such as decaBDE, which is sprayed onto fabric and fillings in furniture.Heather Stapleton from Duke University in North Carolina is set to present her findings to a conference in York next month.She said: “The chemicals are released as household dust and enter our bodies on our food and hands, with the highest levers found in children.

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