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Document ID (ISN)108987
CIS number 08-1402
Year 1995
Convention or series no. ECETOC Technical Report No.65
Title Formaldehyde and human cancer risk
Bibliographic information European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4, Bte. 6, 1160 Bruxelles, Belgium, 1995. 37p. 83 ref.
Abstract Literature survey on the carcinogenicity in humans of exposure to formaldehyde. In animal studies, formaldehyde has been identified as a carcinogen in rats exposed to formaldehyde levels high enough to cause cell damage. In mice, carcinogenicity is much weaker, and no such effects have been noted in other animal species or in humans. A large number of epidemiological studies on humans have shown no evidence for such a relationship, not even in professions with high levels of exposure to formaldehyde, such as pathologists, anatomists and morticians. The overall conclusion of the survey is that there is no good justification for the IARC classification 2A of formaldehyde.
Descriptors (primary) carcinogenic effects; formaldehyde
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; funeral services; animal experiments; laboratory work
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Aldehydes