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Chlorinated Swimming Pools May Increase Cancer Risk: Study

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Swimming in chlorinated pools may be associated with an increased risk of cancer, a small, new study contends.

Spanish researchers found evidence of DNA mutations in 49 healthy adults after they swam for 40 minutes in an indoor chlorinated pool, Agence France-Presse reported.

The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives should not discourage people from using swimming pools, said Manolis Kogevinas, co-director of the Barcelona-based Center of Research in Environmental Epidemiology.

"In no case do we want to stop swimming, but to encourage the reduction of chemicals in swimming pools," he said, AFP reported.

Last Updated: Sept. 14, 2010

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