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A 35-year-old member asked:

i spread diatomaceous earth on the floor to rid my apt of bedbugs. could i get lung cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Unlikely.: Diatomaceous earth is unrelated to asbestos.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
I think your risk of: Slipping and breaking a hip or leg are a lot higher than diatoms being the source of lung cancer development. It would be easier to move, buy a new matress, than worrying about bed bugs and cancer.

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