By Jennifer Sass
Today the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its long-awaited report on formaldehyde. The report confirms EPA’s determination that formaldehyde causes cancer in humans. The Academies recommended that EPA re-write its report to more clearly communicate the scientific reasoning underpinning its assessment, and to finalize it as soon as possible.
In addition to scientific consensus that formaldehyde causes cancer of the nose and nasal cavity in humans, EPA identified a risk of leukemia associated with formaldehyde. Although the chemical industry disputes this, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the World Health Organization (WHO/IARC), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) have all identified a possible link with leukemia. While asking EPA to state its reasoning more concisely, and to separate out leukemia risks from lymphoma risks, the Academies supported EPA in developing a cancer risk estimate for leukemia.
But, let’s not lose sight of what is important. Formaldehyde has been known for years to cause cancer.
[Note from SaneVax: All of the above listed organizations link formaldehyde to cancer in humans, yet it is still considered a ‘safe’ ingredient in childhood vaccines, such as DTaP, DTP, polio and flu vaccines. What is wrong with this picture?]