‘Cancer-causing clothes’ flooding local markets

ABU DHABI — The UAE markets are awash with large quantities of poor quality, readymade garments that can cause cancer and sterility, a textile expert has warned. Dr Mohammed Ahmed Al Mileji, Professor of Textiles told Khaleej Times that many famous retailers sell readymade garments whose fabric contain materials causing serious diseases like cancer and infertility.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Thu 15 Jun 2006, 10:29 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:22 PM

“Regrettably, we observe that many types of clothes, including those of children and school uniforms, are made of synthetic fibre, unfixed dye, petroleum by-products and nylon which affect the immunity of the child’s nervous system,” he said, noting that these kinds of clothes don’t absorb sweat, thus raising the possibility of infection with cold and asthma in children, because the child moves from and to places with different degrees of temperature, while his body keeps both sweat and humidity which makes him catch a cold.

Citing scientific studies, he noted that clothes made of pure cotton protect the complexion of children from skin cancers, caused by clothes made of the said fibre. “Cotton clothes act as filter of light, thus reducing the infiltration of ultra-violet rays. Parents can judge good quality garments by exposing them to the light of a lamp. If the light penetrates through the garment, that mean it is of bad quality,” he explained.

Speaking about his experience in local markets, Dr Al Meliji branded readymade garment shops as lacking credibility in terms of information of trademarks. They mention the piece as 100 per cent cotton, while the truth is otherwise. Some retailers tear off the trademarks to conceal the truth about the components of the clothes. “This calls for creation of supervisory bodies to inspect these shops with the aim of protecting the public from dangerous diseases caused by poor quality garments especially during the hot weather. Our markets are replete with women’s summer dresses which are made of nylon and petroleum products which cause uteritis, reducing fertility and leading to sterility,” he said.

According to him, studies conducted by the Wilson Preventive Medicine Centre in Britain show that pressure from wearing very tight clothes could lead to accumulation of cells from the wall of the womb to other parts of the body. This, he said, could lead to uteritis and sterility. The accuracy of these results, he said, have been substantiated by similar studies conducted on women in India and Europe. Findings reveal a decline in sterility rate among Indian women who put on loose, baggy dresses, while the percentage is high among European women who put on tight dresses.

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