Researchers claim that there is an "urgent need" to test triclosan, a common chemical in household products. After preliminary studies, scientists conclude that it might cause colonic inflammation and promote colon cancer.
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Could a common toothpaste ingredient be causing more harm than good?

Triclosan is not necessarily a household name, but the products that it is found in certainly are.

Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it useful in toothpastes, detergents, soaps, and mouthwashes.

Since first being patented in 1964, it has grown in popularity to become one of the most widely used ingredients of its kind.

Triclosan is now added to a range of items, such as bedding, socks, and toys, to slow down the buildup of bacteria and fungi.

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