Endocrine-disrupting chemicals a bigger threat than thought

Citing links to early breast development, poor semen quality, low birthweight in babies and rising cancer rates, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO) called for more research on the threat from EDCs entering the environment.

"Close to 800 chemicals are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion," the agencies said.

"However, only a small fraction of these chemicals have been investigated in tests capable of identifying overt endocrine effects in intact