Contaminant cause

Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)

A polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) is an organic chlorine compound with the formula C12H10−xClx. Polychlorinated biphenyls were once widely deployed as dielectric and coolant fluids in electrical apparatus, carbonless copy paper and in heat transfer fluids. Because of their longevity, PCBs are still widely in use, even though their manufacture has declined drastically since the 1960s, when a host of problems were identified.

Risk C Factor
Measured in mg

There are 4 risks of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) , including:

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Strong increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Lymphatic system

1 study

Pancreatic cancer Digestive outcome
Increased risk of Pancreatic cancer
Digestive system

1 study

Prostate Cancer Reproductive outcome
Minor increase risk of Prostate Cancer
Reproductive system

1 study

Low birth weight Maternity outcome
Minor increase risk of Low birth weight
Maternity system

1 study

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The International Research Agency on Cancer (IRAC), rendered PCBs as definite carcinogens in humans. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs cause cancer in animals and are probable human carcinogens.

Recommended Dosage

Because of PCBs' environmental toxicity and classification as a persistent organic pollutant, PCB production was banned by the United States Congress in 1979 and by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001. Many rivers and buildings including schools, parks, and other sites are contaminated with PCBs, and there have been contaminations of food supplies with the toxins.

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