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can breathing mold spores cause you to get lymphoma or other cancers?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Not carcinogenic: But allergy, and at times as with aspergilla, semi-invasive to frankly invasive. The allergy produces wheezing and can be quite serious. Cavities/bullae infected with aspergilla can produce hemorrhage and may require resection.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably not: A huge amount of study has gone into both the effect of inhaling mold spores (which range from harmless to serious), and to the epidemiology of malignant lymphoma. Nobody's made a connection. One mystery is why non-hodgkin's lymphomas are becoming more common -- since mold's been with us for ages, it seems unlikely that this is the answer to the puzzle.

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