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HealthExtra: It’s a hoax folks

Have you received the e-mail warning that bottled water left in the heat of your car can transfer chemicals in the bottles’ plastic to the water and cause breast cancer? Whether you did or didn’t, not to worry: It’s a hoax. The American Cancer Society says that diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA), the e-mail’s cancer-causing culprit, isn’t inherent in the plastic used to make the bottles. While the hoax likely came from the fact that DEHA was on the cancer-causing substances list, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now says that DEHA doesn’t cause cancer as far as it can tell.


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