Government Lists Cancerous Chemicals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says the industrial chemical
formaldehyde causes cancer and that styrene, which is used
worldwide in the manufacture of fiberglass and food containers, may
cause cancer.

The National Institutes of Health says people with higher
measures of exposure to formaldehyde are at increased risk for
certain types of rare cancers, including in the upper part of the
throat behind the nose.

The strong-smelling chemical is widely used to make resins for
household items, including paper product coatings, plastics and
textile finishes. It also is commonly used as a preservative in
medical laboratories, mortuaries and consumer products including
some hair straightening products.

The government says styrene is a component of tobacco smoke, and
NIH says the greatest exposure to the chemical is through cigarette
smoking.


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  • by Hotdog on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    Am I on the cancer list again? I forget.
  • by cancer is the least of our worries Location: ga on Jun 12, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    we will be better off dead anyway. if i live thru one more presidential election with all the lies and bull i will be lucky.
  • by rich on Jun 12, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    Unhealthy levels of formaldehyde were found in most (98%) homes tested in research published by the California Air Resources Board. Most adults don't smell formaldehyde until the concentration is about 500 parts per billion (ppb). California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessments recommends homes not exceed 7 ppb based on cancer risk. Therefore, formaldehyde can cause negative health effects without ever smelling formaldehyde. Fortunately, testing is an easy do-it-yourself task using passive formaldehyde badges. This is the method the Sierra Club used to initially discover the now infamous FEMA trailers. Many homes have similar concentrations of formaldehyde. The badges are available on the Internet for as low as $39 including the lab analysis and report. Formaldehyde off gasses from many items including fiberglass insulation, laminate flooring, furniture and many nick-knacks.
  • by devil's advocate on Jun 12, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    They left out Republicans ... :-)
  • by jr Location: ga on Jun 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM
    that must be one long list. but that is crimes that dont count.
  • by Anon Location: Nowhere near here on Jun 11, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    Known it for years! Remodeled my house 25 years ago. Formaldehyde in carpet, and in new panneling. Made me so-sick, I was bed ridden for maybe four days, then I moved. Trust your instinct.
  • by corimac on Jun 11, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    and this is a 'news flash'???? seriously????
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