Receipt Paper May Put You At Risk Of Developing Cancer

January 17, 2019

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You get one every time you make a financial transaction, so it is a bit alarming that a new report says receipts may increase your risk of cancer! Research from the Michigan-based non-profit organization The Ecology Center found the thermal paper used in most receipt paper, which doesn't use ink but is quickly heated to show letters and numbers, contains the chemical BPA, which can lead to hormone-dependent cancers. Previously released research has linked BPA to infertility, autism, ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature births and early onset of puberty. Up to 90% of receipt paper contains BPA, which is added to receipts to make their writing darker without using ink, and is also found in plastic water bottles and food containers. Similar studies found that cashiers and waiting staff who regularly handle BPA-coated receipt paper, who handled as many as 30 receipts an hour, have significantly higher BPA levels in their blood and urine than the average person. Researchers warn that we should be careful about handling the receipts until public health measures are taken. Opt for electronic receipts if available. However more likely you'll still be handed a receipt printed on thermal paper, so they suggest folding receipts so the printed side is facing inwards. The back is not typically coated in chemicals. Keep an envelope in their wallets to place receipts so that they are separated from money and other items that may rub up against the paper and keep receipts away from children. Workers who routinely handle receipts should wash their hand thoroughly and frequently and avoid touching their mouths.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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