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Aflatoxin

Glossary

aflatoxin

A harmful substance made by certain types of mold (Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus) that is often found on poorly stored grains and nuts. Consumption of foods contaminated with aflatoxin is a risk factor for primary liver cancer.

Last updated: 2014-04-23

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)