Vinyl Chloride Cancer Risk

March 6, 1999
It's little surprise that 18- to 34-year-olds are at the heart of a nationwide increase in illegal drug use, and the manufacturing industry traditionally draws heavily from this pool of job seekers.

Vinyl chloride is a human carcinogen that can increase chances of liver cancer and other soft tissue cancers, according to an industry report.

The epidemiology study, which tracked workers exposed to vinyl chloride, showed for the first time a link to adverse health effects. According to the report exposure to vinyl chloride appears be similar to exposure to dioxins found in pesticides.

The study took four years to complete and cost $450,000. It evaluated 3,200 deaths in a group of 10,109 men who worked at a job where they were exposed to vinyl chloride for at least a year. The study was led by the Chemical Manufacturers Association.

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