ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) American Medical Association says vitamin overdoses, especially of vitamins A and D, are becoming major health problem. Also reported to be health danger, in possibly causing cancer, is chemical used in hair dye. There are new dvts. re: estrogen also.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Chicago, Illinois) Women take estrogen to relieve symptoms of menopause, but FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says women are taking too much of hormone and for too long. It also says estrogen often taken for wrong reasons and will now require warning on all such prescriptions; warning cited. Warning incls. statement that product can increase risk of uterine cancer. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) chief Don. KENNEDY - notes risk of cancer for women who have taken estrogens.] Mfrs. and sellers of hormone have fought warning and many physicians say cancer scare is distorted. [Gynecologist Dr. Allen CHARLES - says if woman is carefully watched, chances of progressing to cancer are little and those who do get it, number about 5 or 10 out of 1000.] Younger women get estrogen in birth control pills, for which FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has required warning since 1970; there will soon be stronger warnings for oral contraceptives also.
REPORTER: Julie Eckhert
(DC) National Cancer Institute has confirmed that key ingredient in permanent hair dyes has caused cancer in rats and mice. Chemical is called 24 diaminoanisol sulphate; scientists say chemical is absorbed through scalp into bloodstream. Environment Defense Fund asks FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to order warning put on all dyes containing chemical. [Fund spokesperson Dr. Joseph HIGHLAND - reads warning group wants put on labels.] Ind. spokesperson say their tests show chemical safe, and that final tests not complete. [Cosmetic Association spokesperson Dr. John CORBETT - says Fund has jumped to concls. based on unevaluated tests by National Cancer Institute; cites amount of hair dye women would have to drink per day to get as much as that given mice.] Among those products containing chemical are some by L'Oreal, Clairol, Revlon and Alberto-Culver. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is concerned, and commissioner Kennedy says if final tests by Institution show cancer in animals, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will require warnings on hair dye labels. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has no authority to ban dyes.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
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