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Formaldehyde added to the Known to Be Human Carcinogens List

Jun 14, 2011 08:51PM ● By Anonymous

The Report on Carcinogens (RoC) is a congressionally mandated, science-based, public health document that is prepared for the HHS Secretary by the National Toxicology Program.

The big news is that formaldehyde has been added to the Known to Be Human Carcinogens list. Formaldehyde may be used in many things we come in contact with on a daily basis like carpeting, wood products, glue, nail polish, hair products, even beer. That “new car smell” with which we are so enamored may just be caused by formaldehyde. Unfortunately, even though it is present, formaldehyde doesn’t have to be listed as an ingredient. This action may change all that. At the very least, you can expect more products to advertise the fact that they are Formaldehyde Free.

Formaldehyde has been a suspected substance for years. This report makes it official—and raises a red flag. The real threat is to those who are exposed to the chemical on a daily basis in their workplace; most notably mortuary workers.

When we read that formaldehyde had been included, however, it made us real curious to know what else was on that potentially lethal list. If you had the same thought, here is the full list:


Substances Listed in the Twelfth Report on Carcinogens

Bold entries indicate new or changed listings in the Twelfth Report on Carcinogens.

Known To Be Human Carcinogens
Alcoholic Beverage Consumption
4 Aminobiphenyl
Analgesic Mixtures Containing Phenacetin (see Phenacetin and Analgesic Mixtures Containing Phenacetin
Aristolochic Acids
Arsenic and Inorganic Arsenic Compounds
Benzidine (see Benzidine and Dyes Metabolized to Benzidine
Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds
Bis(chloromethyl) Ether and Technical-Grade Chloromethyl Methyl Ether
1,3 Butadiene
Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds
1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea (see Nitrosourea Chemotherapeutic Agents)
Chromium Hexavalent Compounds
Coal Tars and Coal-Tar Pitches
Coke-Oven Emissions
Cyclosporin A
Dyes Metabolized to Benzidine (Benzidine Dye Class) (see Benzidine and Dyes Metabolized to Benzidine)
Estrogens, Steroidal
Ethylene Oxide
Hepatitis B Virus
Hepatitis C Virus
Human Papillomaviruses: Some Genital-Mucosal Types
Methoxsalen with Ultraviolet A Therapy
Mineral Oils: Untreated and Mildly Treated
Mustard Gas
Neutrons (see Ionizing Radiation)
Nickel Compounds (see Nickel Compounds and Metallic Nickel)
Radon (see Ionizing Radiation
Silica, Crystalline (Respirable Size)
Solar Radiation (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Strong Inorganic Acid Mists Containing Sulfuric Acid
Sunlamps or Sunbeds, Exposure to (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Thorium Dioxide (see Ionizing Radiation)
Tobacco Smoke, Environmental (see Tobacco-Related Exposures
Tobacco Smoking (see Tobacco-Related Exposures)
Tobacco, Smokeless (see Tobacco-Related Exposures)
Ultraviolet Radiation, Broad-Spectrum (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Vinyl Chloride (see Vinyl Halides [selected)
Wood Dust
X-Radiation and Gamma Radiation (see Ionizing Radiation)

National Toxicology Program, Department of Health and Human Services Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition (2011)