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Swimming Pool Chemicals Linked to Cancer

Study Links Swimming Pool Chemicals to Cancer

I'm not gonna lie, but this piece of news has me kind of sad: a small study is linking swimming in chlorinated pools to cancer. In the first of three studies, Spanish researchers looked at the effects of 49 healthy adults who spent 40 minutes swimming in an indoor chlorinated pool. Genetic indicators from blood and urine samples from the participants pointed to an increase in cancer risk and respiratory effects like asthma.

What's a gal to do, especially since cooler temps mean more indoor swim sessions? First off, researchers are not suggesting that we stop swimming. It's a new study in its beginning stages, so the long-term effects — if any — of swimming in chlorinated waters is still unknown. Chlorine is still the common chemical used to disinfect pools, but many fitness centers are starting to disinfect their pools with a low chlorination system. Also, be sure to shower with soap and water immediately after exiting the pool; this will wash off any residual effects that may be on your body.

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I hate that so many pools use chlorine. I'm allergic to it and can never swim indoors!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
My second post didn't make it to the board. Apparently a body part rhyming with "bass" is not a good thing. My whoopsie! ;) Anywhooooo, studies like this really chap my cakes. Some of the best swimmers in the world have been asthmatic. Anyone recall a guy named Mark Spitz? More recently, Tom Dolan (exercise-induced asthmatic) and Amy Van Dyken (severe life-long asthmatic) have brought home multiple Olympic gold medals. It frustrates me to no end when a study such as this may discourage asthmatics (or anyone!) from getting into the pool when the opposite should be the case. running, Thanks! It was an odd thing to learn. And hopefully some gal will smash it soon! And awesome job with the tris!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
running, Thanks! It was a weird feeling to learn that. Part of me wishes that someone would break the damn thing already! And that is awesome that you are a tri swimmer! :D This study really chaps my ass, though. There are so many successful asthmatics is competitive swimming. Tom Dolan (exercise-induced asthmatic) and Amy Van Dyken (lifelong asthmatic) are perhaps two of the most recognizable names as of late, both Olympic gold medalists several times over. I'd hate to see anyone, particularly an asthmatic, discouraged from swimming when, in fact, the opposite should be true.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Fuzzles that's awesome that it still stands! I swam competitively in high school but I wasn't very fast. I swim now for tris and I LOVE swimming in OW!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
That's scary. I guess everybody knows that chlorine isn't great for your health, though. I have been to pools where they use ozone. Is that better? And I'd suggest swimming in a lake instead, but sadly, the water there may have just as many chemicals in it -_-
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I call BS on this as well for the reasons already mentioned and one in addition. I have been asthmatic for my entire life. Nothing has been MORE effective in addressing symptoms than swimming. On doctor's advice, I was tossed in the pool before I could barely walk. I also ended up having a very successful stint in competitive swimming over the years. In fact, just recently, I was feeling a little nostalgic and found myself looking up the team records of my high school swim team. My 100 breast record still stands, some two-plus decades later.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
49 adults? Yeah, that doesn't sound like a big enough population to me. And correlation =/= causation.
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