Household dust contaminated with common flame retardants used in everyday household items has been found to be associated with increased risk of developing smaller, as well as more aggressive forms of papillary thyroid cancer in humans. These findings emphasize the need to consider the exposome when evaluating the increased incidence of thyroid cancer.
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The authors thank C. Luongo for helpful discussions on thyroid cancer.
B.A.D. is a co-founder of WatchFrog. B.B.M. declares no competing interests.
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Mughal, B., Demeneix, B. Flame retardants and increased risk of thyroid cancer. Nat Rev Endocrinol 13, 627–628 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrendo.2017.123