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Can black mold cause cancer?

Can black mold cause cancer?

yes possible: Aspergillus species ( moulds ) will produce produce aflatoxins , usual source is crops like corn pea nuts by ingestion ( eating )can cause liver cancers ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving  over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

See below: The situation you described for the black mold, will not cause cancer. The mole is not easy to comment on. You should watch it and if there is any change in size, shape, color, nodularity or bleeding, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can mold lead to rectal cancer?

Can mold lead to rectal cancer?

No, not rectal type: Mycotoxins (the toxic chemicals made by some molds or fungi) can be harmful to humans and animals. Aflatoxin is a well known mycotoxin that can be found in cereals, spices, tree nuts, and animal feeds, so foods are screened to check for contamination with aflatoxin. The aflatoxin can cause liver disease and liver cancer. Mold is not known to cause rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Is inhaling mold fatal, particularly by causing cancer?

Almost never: In particular, I do not believe that inhaling common mold is a serious cancer risk. If it were, we'd probably all be sick by now. The body clears these spores readily on the mucociliary elevator. Some people are allergic and this can be troublesome, but as a risk for death, don't worry yourself. ...Read more

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I have a dark line on my right thumb and right big toe, I also have dark flat mold like blemishes on my face. Do you think I have skin cancer?

I have a dark line on my right thumb and right big toe, I also have dark flat mold like blemishes on my face. Do you think I have skin cancer?

You live in a: very sunny area of the world. An annual full body dermatological evaluation would be beneficial and could likely identify what these lesions are. Take care. ...Read more

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