Can Plastic Bottles Cause Cancer?

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM EDT

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May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM EDT

With the summer months approaching, social media sites have been a buzz over whether or not leaving plastic bottles in a hot car, or even freezing them, could cause cancer.

Many studies emerging over the past few years have turned up varying results.

Some doctors have found that heating or freezing plastic bottles causes carcinogens to be released into your beverage.

However, a professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, says this is not the case.

"There is no data to support the notion that plastic bottles or other plastic products are related to humans' cancer risk," said Dr. Kirsten Moysich, Professor of Oncology and Member of the Department of Cancer Prevention at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "If such a link exists, we would have seen a large increase in cancer incidence, given the increasing and widespread use of plastic products. "

Dr. Moysich points out cancer risk can be greatly reduced by avoiding tobacco and alcohol while maintaining a healthy diet and regular physical activity.