CDC Warns of Cancer Risk from Laminate Flooring — Physician’s First Watch

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February 24, 2016

CDC Warns of Cancer Risk from Laminate Flooring

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Exposure to formaldehyde emitted from certain types of laminate flooring is associated with an estimated cancer risk of 6 to 30 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC says.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tested formaldehyde levels released from laminate flooring samples made in China in 2012–2014 and sold at Lumber Liquidators locations in the U.S. The CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry then assessed the possible health effects.

In addition to the estimated cancer risk, the agencies found that exposure could exacerbate respiratory symptoms in people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as cause eye, nose, and throat irritation in general.

The CDC says formaldehyde levels should normalize within 2 years after installing the flooring. In the meantime, people may take steps to reduce current levels, including opening windows every few days, using exhaust fans, and keeping the house's temperature and humidity settings as low as possible.

Reader Comments (2)

beyond liberal Other Healthcare Professional, Neurology

China's products seem to have a lot of trouble being non-toxic. Although the data seen here suggest no potential for harm, I'll avoid Chinese made products of all kinds.

daniel Hammod Phd Physician, Oncology, bethesda

Don't fret over list of cancer 'risks'

"We are being bombarded" with messages about the dangers posed by common things in our lives, yet most exposures "are not at a level that are going to cause cancer," said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society's deputy chief medical officer.
Linda Birnbaum agrees. She is a toxicologist who heads the government agency that just declared styrene, an ingredient in fiberglass boats and Styrofoam, a likely cancer risk.
"Let me put your mind at ease right away about Styrofoam," she said. Levels of styrene that leach from food containers "are hundreds if not thousands of times lower than have occurred in the occupational setting," where the chemical in vapor form poses a possible risk to workers.
Carcinogens are things that can cause cancer, but that label doesn't mean that they will or that they pose a risk to anyone exposed to them in any amount at any time.

Now,Im glad to see the ACS admitting to the dose response relationship finally!

So now we understand why the following is factual:

are hundreds if not thousands of times lower than have occurred in the occupational setting," where the chemical in vapor form poses a possible risk to workers.

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Vol. 14, No. 1. (August 1991), pp. 88-105.

ETS between 10,000- and 100,000-fold less than estimated average MSS-RSP doses for active smokers

OSHA the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded

JUST AMAZING ISNT IT

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