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Title: Reducing Potential Cancer Risks from Drinking Water, PART I: Contaminant Sources and Drinking Water Standards, BCERF Fact Sheet No. 7a
Authors: Schwartz, John J.
Lemley, Ann T.
Keywords: drinking water
cancer risks
heavy metals
radioactive chemicals
Issue Date: Mar-1998
Publisher: Cornell University Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors
Abstract: This fact sheet provides a brief background on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards, sources of contaminants, and cancer risks associated with exposure to certain drinking water contaminants. Contaminants discussed include pesticides, volatile organic compounds (solvents), chlorination disinfection by-products, heavy metals and radioactive chemicals (radon and radium). Precautions are given to help reduce water contamination, and recommendations are given on when private wells should be tested for contaminants.
Description: Fact sheet on the types of contaminants in drinking water that may affect the risk of cancer
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