A California health official is warning that pregnant women can be exposed to potentially harmful chemicals when they are undergoing a fertility test or when they go to an abortion clinic.
The California Department of Public Health said in a statement Friday that tests for endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer are also administered at clinics.
If a woman has not been tested or has not received a test result, she may be exposed, said Dr. William Dye, director of the department’s Reproductive Health Division.
“This is a new issue and it’s going to take time for us to understand it,” Dye said.
The state’s medical examiner has been notified, the department said.
California has seen a spike in uterine and ovarian cancers in recent years, and women are being tested more frequently than ever before.
But the department does not know how many women are exposed to endometria, which can be detected through vaginal swabs or other testing.
Dye told the AP the department is testing thousands of women every month.
The agency said it is taking the issue seriously.
It is currently investigating potential exposure to endocannabinoids from a fertility screening test that is done at the clinic, which is also the state’s largest abortion provider.