Some flame retardants, used in many furnishings in the home, could be associated with an increased risk of papillary thyroid cancer, the most common form of this type of cancer.
Papillary thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the United States and many other countries.
Three flame retardants have some sort of association with papillary thyroid cancer:
– one is brominated, BDE-209, and is found in electronic casing and upholstery.
– two organophosphate compounds, TCEP and TPHP, are found in plastic and upholstered furniture frames.