Condoms Contain Cancer-Causing Substance

Most condoms contain a cancer-causing chemical and their manufacture should be subject to greater quality control, according to a German scientific research institute. The carcinogen N-Nitrosamine, which they call one of the most carcinogenic substances, was present in 29 of 32 types of condoms it tested in simulated conditions. The carcinogen is thought to be present in a substance used to improve condom elasticity. When the rubber material comes in contact with human bodily fluids, it can release traces of N-Nitrosamine. Local officials say condom users should not stop using rubber contraceptives based on this finding, but it is certainly something to be aware of.

Yahoo! News May 28, 2004

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