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CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Hair dyes are latest products to come under scrutiny as possible cancer threat.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) No. of people who dye hair noted. Chemical at issue is called MMPD, listed on label as 4 - methoxy - M - phenylenediamine, and is used in most, but not all, hair dyes. Rats and mice sometimes developed cancer when fed chemical in National Cancer Institute tests-. Scientist at Environment Defense Fund say that though tests aren't final, results are strong enough to call for action now. [Fund spokesperson Dr. Joseph HIGHLAND - recommends customers stop using such products and return unopened products to stores.] Clairol's Dr. John Corbett challenges Fund's concls. and says dyes have been shown safe in 60 years of use. [CORBETT - says Fund has jumped to conclusions and notes amount of dye woman would have to drink to equal that given in tests.] Institution defends animal tests, saying they show MMPD is cancer-causing agent, but that it hasn't been proven that humans are affected by using it in dyes rather than drinking it. Govt. assessment expected early next year
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Beginning on Tuesday, women in United States who use estrogen for problems related to menopause will get pamphlet with prescription that will warn of possible cancer risk. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says it hopes warning will cut estrogen user numbers in half, because many use drugs too often and too long. House suspends for 18 mos. any federal ban on saccharin; details noted. Bill now goes to conference with Senator
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Roth, Richard
Duration:
00:02:30

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