New list of possible cancer causes released

July 15, 2010

Among those listed are familiar names such as lead, chloroform, formaldehyde and PCBs.

But the list also includes indium phosphide, a relatively new compound used in making flat-screen TVs. Researchers say assembly line workers and those recycling discarded televisions may be most at risk.

Panel members say all the potential causes were picked because they are common and there was fairly good evidence they are a danger that deserved more investigation.

There is more on the report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

List of possible cancer causes:

  • Lead and lead compounds
  • Indium phosphide and other indium compounds
  • Cobalt with tungsten carbide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Welding fumes
  • Refractory ceramic fibres (RCF)
  • Diesel Exhaust
  • Carbon Black
  • Styrene-7,8-oxide and Styrene
  • Propylene oxide (PO)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Dichloromethane, methylene chloride (DCM)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Tetrachloroethylene (perc, tetra, PCE)
  • Chloroform
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Atrazine
  • Shift Work


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