NCI says factory worker formaldehyde exposure increases cancer deaths.
New York, NY(NewYorkInjuryNews.com)–The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently released a study revealing factory workers exposed to formaldehyde were at high risk for developing and dying from various cancers, as reported by the New York Times. The study, published on Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, states factory workers with highest formaldehyde exposures had a 37 percent increased risk of death from all blood and lymphatic cancers. Researchers also concluded the high risk of cancer begins to slowly decrease when workers are no longer exposed to formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and classified as such by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The research study evaluated 14,000 deaths among 25,619 factory workers with highest chemical exposure who began working before 1966 at 10 different formaldehyde chemical makers and formaldehyde resin producers. According to Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org, formaldehyde is a chemical widely used in manufacturing. The toxic chemical is commonly known for its use as a preservative and disinfectant. Since the federal government enacted stronger regulations in the manufacturing and handling of formaldehyde and formaldehyde resins workplace exposures have decreased. The toxic chemical is associated with nasopharyngeal cancer and is suspected of causing numerous leukemia deaths in professionals employes as pathologists and embalmers.
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