Study Links Formaldehyde Exposure in Industrial Workers to Cancer
A report issued by the National Institutes of Health found that those who work with formaldehyde may have a higher risk for certain cancers, particularly blood and lymphatic cancers. The report, issued online on May 12, 2009, is scheduled to be published in print on May 20, 2009 in the Journal of the National Caner Institute.
Formaldehyde is used in certain industries as a preservative and as a disinfectant. Many of these industries use formaldehyde to produce molded-plastic products, decorative laminates, photographic film, or plywood.
The study, which analyzed cancer deaths in over 25,000 industrial workers over 40 years , found a statistically significant association between death from blood and lymphatic cancers and formaldehyde exposure. The specific types of cancers that appear to be associated with formaldehyde exposure include Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and myeloid leukemia.
For more information, see http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2009/nci-12.htm