What Types of Cancer Does Vinyl Chloride Cause?

Vinyl chloride is a type of colorless compound used in industrial industries to produce polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The United States is the largest VCM manufacturing country because of the substance’s low-production-cost position in chlorine and ethylene raw materials. Since the 1930s, people have known about the severe damage the chemical could cause to peoples’ livers. Another study done in 1970 reported that test animals exposed to 30,000 ppm of vinyl chloride developed cancerous tumors.

Later in the 1960s, workers exposed to vinyl chloride presented different types of cancer. One man from a plant in Louisville, Kentucky, developed angiosarcoma, a rare cancer, in his liver. It has also been liked to brain and lung tumors and malignant haematopoietic lymphatic tumors. According to the National Cancer Institute, the substance has also been linked to lymphoma and leukemia.

The people most at risk for vinyl chloride exposure are workers at facilities where the material is produced or might be exposed mainly through inhalation. Those in the general public who are exposed to vinyl chloride will inhale the substance through contaminated air or tobacco smoke. In some cases, if a water supply is contaminated, vinyl chloride can enter the household air when water is used for cooking, laundry, or showering.

If you think your cancer was caused by overexposure to vinyl chloride at your job, don’t hesitate to call us. Shrader & Associates L.L.P. is a national litigation firm used to handling toxic exposure in cases across the country. Our skilled Texas mesothelioma attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of personal injury victims and their families, helping them recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you and your family.

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