Phenolphthalein, a common laxative, linked to ovarian and other cancers
Experiments conducted by NIEHS researchers show that phenolphthalein, a widely used laxative, causes ovarian and other cancers in laboratory rats and mice.
Environmental Health Perspectives. 1996. Fear of phenolphthalein? Environ Health Perspect. 104(3):250. [PDF]
NIEHS Funded Research:
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
- Understanding the Links between Environmental Exposures and Cancer (ARRA)
- NIEHS Research Grants
Environmental Health Perspective articles:
- Phenolphthalein-containing Laxative Use in Relation to Adenomatous Colorectal Polyps in Three Studies
- 1996 Forum: Fear of Phenolphthalein?