Scientists claim the risk of breast cancer is doubled by the overuse of air fresheners and cleaning products that combat mould and mildew. Astonishing research claims that the perfect housewives with spotless bathrooms could be twice as likely to get breast cancer.
The amazing findings - which may even be linked to a bizarre combination of the two - emerged in a huge US study.
Breast cancer researchers for the American Silent Spring Institute quizzed more than 1,500 women about what kind of cleaning products they used - and how often.
Many were housewives waging a constant battle against bathroom mould and the build-up of mildew on windows - while at the same time trying to keep homes smelling fresh.
The institute's Julia Brody said: "Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. "Use of air fresheners and products for mould and mildew control were associated with increased risk."
Insect repellents also boosted the chance of getting the disease - although there appeared to be little linking it to pesticides. The institute urged further urgent research.
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