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Endocrine disrupting chemicals: human exposure and health risks.

Authors
  • Yang, Mihi
  • Park, Mi Seon
  • Lee, Ho Sun
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of environmental science and health. Part C, Environmental carcinogenesis & ecotoxicology reviews
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
24
Issue
2
Pages
183–224
Identifiers
PMID: 17114110
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been emphasized due to their threats in fertility, intelligence, and survival. For the last decade, many researchers have investigated EDC-health outcome. However, EDC responses in human were not clearly clarified through experimental and epidemiological data. Therefore, considering particular status of EDC endpoints, we suggest that one of the best ways to prevent unknown health risks from EDCs is to perform exposure monitoring or to do surveillance for EDC release into the environment. For this purpose, this review considers exposure status of EDCs, and EDC-related health risks, focusing on the mainly highlighted EDCs, such as dioxins/PCBs, DDT/DDE, bisphenol A, phthalates, alkylphenols, and phytoestrogens. We also reviewed tobacco, a mixed source of EDC-related endocrine disorders.

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