Kourtney Kardashian slammed for claiming face masks ‘can cause cancer’

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Kourtney Kardashian has been slammed by fans for claiming that face masks can cause cancer.

The 41 year old took to social media over the weekend to share a conspiracy theory warning people off from wearing the protective coverings.

There is currently no evidence to support the claims in the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s post, which was shared with her 102million Instagram followers on Saturday.

She took to her stories to share the warning, which showed an image of a traditional blue disposable mask.

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The post that Kourtney shared read: "Those Blue Masks Mandated at grocery stores & airplanes are made of PFTE, a carcinogen made from synthetic fluoride.

"According to Cancer.Org it increases the risk of liver, testicle, pancreas, kidney & breast tumours + ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and high cholesterol.

"High exposure can cause influenza-like symptoms and hemorrhaging in the lungs, leading to suffocation [sic]."

Dr William Cance, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Chemical Society, lead the criticism against the mum-of-three, telling the New York Post: "There is no evidence to support the claim that the presence of PTFE in a mask causes cancer.

"As a surgical oncologist, I, along with thousands of colleagues in the health-care profession, have been wearing masks for years to protect patients from the spread of infections."

Kourtney also faced a wave of disapproval from social media users, with one writing on Twitter: "It's one thing for a random people on social media to claim that masks cause cancer…

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"It's another for @kourtneykardash to be doing so on her Instagram stories to > 100 million followers. UTTERLY F**KING UNACCEPTABLE."

A second wrote: "The scariest thing to happen on Halloween this year is Kourtney Kardashian posting this utterly ridiculous post about blue masks with no medical evidence or proof, it's just some random screenshot. Medical professionals worldwide wear them but this screenshot means it's true…"

While a third added: "not kourtney kardashian posting on her story about how masks can give you cancer [sic].

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"encouraging 100m+ followers not to wear masks to protect them from COVID is a new low. the irony that she made staff wear masks at her privileged island party lol [sic]."

The fresh criticism towards the family during the coronavirus pandemic comes just days after her sister Kendall was blasted for hosting a Halloween birthday party without following social distancing guidelines.

Last month, Kim Kardashian also faced censure after she revealed she flew her family and friends to a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday amid the pandemic.

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