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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can neoprene cause cancer, if so, what types & why?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Not directly: Per reported studies, it can cause allergies but does not directly cause cancer. However, some additives used with neoprene may sensitize skin and others are toxic to blood and kidneys.
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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 28 years experience
Neoprene: Part of the chemicals used to make neoprene are considered to be carcinogenic (cancer causing). So is sweet & low in large enough amounts. The actual exposure to a person is low but it is a theoretical risk.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

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Dr. Sameh Abuerreish
Hematology and Oncology 28 years experience
Chloroprene: Neoprene is polychloroprene This is synthetic rubber The EPA classifies Chloroprene as a group D chemical this makes its carcinogenicity inconclusive The International agency for Research on cancer IARC classified it as group 2 B ( possibly carcinogenic) This is likely to occur mainly as industrial exposure and may be linked to skin and lung cancers
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Does neoprene cause cancer?

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Dr. Paul Darby
Occupational Medicine 29 years experience
Not likely.: Neoprene is the trade name of polychloroprene, a rubber-like polymer made by chemically treating chloroprene (2-chloro-1, 3-butadiene) so that each molecule hooks up to another in long chains. Chloroprene is considered possibly carcinogenic to humans, but virtually all the chloroprene is used up in the conversion to the polymer. The amount left behind is probably too miniscule to pose any risk.
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