The next time a woman goes shopping, she may want to think twice about asking for a receipt. According to recent research, BPA, a chemical known to cause breast cancer, has been found in high levels in the common slips of paper.AOL News
reports that the study was conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which discovered that significant amounts of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals were found on everyday receipts from supermarkets, gas stations and banks.
"Consumers are being exposed to BPA at the point of sale once they're handed a receipt," Dr Anila Jacob, senior scientist of the study, told the news source.
However, those headed to certain stores, such as Target and Starbucks, are in luck - the organization did not detect any BPA on their proof of purchase.
"Since 60 percent of the receipts EWG tested did not contain BPA, we know there is an easy fix for retailers who still use paper containing the chemical," Jacob told the news outlet.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives.