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4 New Carcinogens Identified: Are You at Risk?

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its 13th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), in which it has classified four new carcinogens. This science-based, public health document is congressionally mandated, and identifies a number of potentially dangerous agents, substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances of known or reasonable risk.

What Exactly are Carcinogens?

 Simply put, carcinogens include a variety of different items that either are known to, or may reasonably be anticipated to, cause cancer in humans.  Types of carcinogens range greatly, and can include chemical, biological, and physical agents.  While these substances do not cause cancer under all situations or in all cases, they remain potentially dangerous.  Numerous factors, including the amount and duration of exposure, as well as individual susceptibility, all play a role in whether or not a person ultimately develops cancer.  Many carcinogens are manmade products used in a variety of products, and the four new carcinogens identified all fall under this loose classification.
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1. 1-Bromopropane

 1-Bromopropane is a synthetic chemical that is used as both a cleaning solvent and in spray adhesives, and is often used in dry cleaning.  The chemical presents as a colorless to pale yellow liquid, and is also used to clean electronics, optics, and metals, in addition to its use as an aerosol-applied adhesive.  Workers in occupations which involve 1-bromopropane are at a greater risk than the general population.  Our understanding of 1-bromopropane’s impact on humans is still developing, but inhalation of the chemical has been found to cause tumors in rodents.

 

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