Link Between Acrylamide and Ovarian/Womb Cancer

Researchers in the Netherlands have recently brought to light worrying evidence of an increased risk of ovarian or womb cancer in women by the ingesting of Acrylamide.

Acrylamide is found in many common foodstuffs, most notably crisps, potato chips, coffee, biscuits, and bread.  This was originally identified in 2002 by a group of Swedish researchers.  However, the latest study also shows that Acrylamide can be formed when food stuffs are fried, roasted or grilled to turn them a nice golden brown.

More than 62,000 women were questioned about their diet and health over the course of the study.  After 11 years, it was found that women who had eaten around 40mu.gifg of acrylamide a day were twice as likely to develop womb and ovarian cancer as those who’d eaten around 9mu.gifg a day.

J G Hogervorst et alCancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev., 2007, 16, 2304 (DOI: 110.1158/1055-9965.EPI-07-0581)

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  1. Would exposure to the chemical Acrylamide through semi regular inhalation of the chemical vapors over a number of years be considered high risk for the development of Womb Cancer ? ? ?
    I have just had a hysterectomy and the pathology tests showed Endometrioid carcinoma, FIGO 2, (moderately differentiated). Cancer is unknown in my family. I work in an environment where I am semi regularly inhaling Acrylamide vapors which are vented into my lab/office through a drainage vent. Should I be concerned that this may have lead to the development of my cancer ???? We have an unusually high number of women working in the same building who have either had a hysterectomy or have associated reproductive health problems. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, thank you

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