Continuing to play on the oiled
beaches an in the oiled waters exposes children and adults to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contained in crude oil. Humans, like animals, metabolize PAHs. This turns the PAHs into carcinogenic material that binds to DNA. The PAH reaction with DNA makes it mutagenic and carcinogenic. Long-term exposure to low levels of PAHs results in a high-risk of cancer. Lungs (inhalation) and liver/multi-organ
(ingestion) are top cancer risks from PAHs.