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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Can Nail Polish Give You Cancer?

Questions about the health risks of chemicals in nail polish are gaining new attention, The New York Times reports.

Concerns about potentially risky substances in nail polish were raised in 2006 when public health advocates began a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about three compounds in leading product brands — formaldehyde, a known carcinogen used as a hardening agent, and two materials linked to developmental defects: toluene, to evenly suspend color, and the plasticizer dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, to add flexibility and sheen.

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