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Arsenic in water – Risks of Gallblader Cancer

    • Scientists from Public Health Foundation of India, Centre for chronic disease control, B. Borooah cancer institute and IIT-Kharagpur collaborated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted study on effects of Arsenic. 
    • Aim of the study: To investigate exposure of Arsenic in drinking water and finding its risk of getting affected to Gallbladder Cancer (GBC)
  • Report Findings: The chronic arsenic exposure in drinking water, even at low-moderate levels, may be a potential risk factor for Gallbladder cancer.

About Arsenic:

  • Arsenic is a heavy metal atom and highly toxic in its inorganic form
  • Long-term exposure to arsenic from drinking-water and food can cause cancer and skin lesions
  • WHO recommended the limit of arsenic in drinking-water is 10 μg/L
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