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Can water bottles give you cancer?

Last Updated: 26th May, 2020

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Drinking water from plastic water bottles that freeze or overheat does not increase your risk of cancer. Some people are concerned about dioxins, a group of highly toxic substances that are known to cause cancer, leaching from the bottles into the water.

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Likewise, can drinking from plastic bottles give you cancer?

No. There is no good evidence that people can get cancer from using plastics. So, doing things like drinking from plastic bottles or using plastic containers and food bags won't increase your risk of cancer.

Beside above, is drinking water from plastic bottles bad for you? Even though people are drinking more water to stay healthy, it may not be in the most beneficial way possible. Drinking from disposable plastic water bottles may lead to chemical leaching and toxicity. Chemical leaching occurs when heat causes the toxic chemicals from the plastic to be released into the water.

Also asked, can hot water bottles give you cancer?

“Claims that plastic bottled water containers stored in warm environments — for example, a hot vehicle — 'leach' unnamed chemicals that cause breast cancer or other maladies are not based in science and are unsubstantiated.”

Can water bottles left in the sun cause cancer?

For instance, there is an infamous email circulating saying that leaving plastic water bottles in the sun can cause chemicals to leach into the water causing cancer, and sometimes even cites a university research paper – like many others this is a hoax.

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