Medicine: Cancer Suspects

In Rome's marble-floored National Research Institute, 42 experts from 21 nations gathered last week under the sponsorship of the International Union Against Cancer to explore the case against a worrisome potential cancer hazard: the dyes and additives used in the preparation and preservation of foods, soaps, cosmetics. The conference's conclusion: although the vast majority of dyes, additives and wrapping materials have not yet been adequately tested, there is clear evidence that some possess cancer-causing qualities. Doctors were careful to point out that they were not drawing a bill of particulars, but merely listing substances that require further investigation. Among suspects:

¶...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!