Chronic arsenic exposure is a major health concern in 70 countries, and currently affects more than 100 million people worldwide. Several regions scattered throughout South and East Asia as well as the Americas have naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater. Roughly 42 million Americans obtain their drinking water from household wells, and in many parts of the country, notably the Northeast, Southwest and upper Midwest, naturally occurring arsenic is prevalent in drinking water.1 In the USA, arsenic consumption from well water has been strongly linked to increased risk for bladder cancer.
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