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Could exposure to dioxin cause testicular cancer?

Could exposure to dioxin cause testicular cancer?

I say no: Probably no chemical exposure has been more deeply studied than that of vietnam vets and i could find nothing in the nih database to support this; there was a small increase reported in gulf war vets. Claims that testicular cancer results from too much / too little exercise or cannabis seem soft to me. Unless it's from cryptorchidism, don't look for a cause. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Open burning of waste increases dioxins which cause cancer, birth defects, immune deficiency?

Open burning of waste increases dioxins which cause cancer, birth defects, immune deficiency?

True.: Which is why we need environmental protections, to keep industry from doing things that hurt our health. They are motivated primarily by profit, it takes an epa to police them from releasing poisons. ...Read more

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What is the probability of getting cancer from dioxins?

What is the probability of getting cancer from dioxins?

Not great: is an extremely toxic chemical. A draft report by the EPA described dioxin as a Group 1 carcinogen, and that levels of dioxin have been found in the US population that are "at or near levels associated with adverse health effects." Most studies linking dioxin to cancer are animal based where the animals are more susceptible. Low dose dioxin is present in almost all and are not a serious risk. ...Read more

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Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Unlikely: Get your iron and CBC checked. If your iron store are low you may be able to replace the iron by preparing tomato based sauces in an iron skillet (some people cannot tolerate iron tablets) Don't chew on toilet paper. You'll find your self having to go to the store to get more just when you need it. ...Read more

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What is dioxin?

What is dioxin?

Herbicide: This was famously used in the Vietnam war in a perhaps-ill-advised attempt to destroy the environment and make enemy fighters visible; a contaminant caused chloracne. Politicians have become involved with the difficult scientific question of whether and to what extent the chemical has caused long-term health problems in soldiers and the unborn. Read about "Agent Orange" with discernment. ...Read more

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What dosage of dioxin is considered dangerous?

What dosage of dioxin is considered dangerous?

Dioxin exposure: The epa has set its threshold for safe dioxin exposure at a toxicity equivalence (teq) of 0.7 picograms per kg of body weight per day. Anything above that level can potentially have harmful effects. The epa further says findings show that generally, over a person's lifetime, current exposure to dioxins does not pose a significant health risk. Air levels of dioxin have dropped 90% since 1987. ...Read more

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Could low levels of dioxin kill you over time?

I wouldn't worry: Much of the concern of dioxin, which is not even a mutagen, is driven by the injustices and folly of the Vietnam war rather than any real science. Probably some people will disagree with me vehemently, but I'm aware of no syndrome of chronic low-level exposure, much less a lethal one. ...Read more

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What are some potential side effects of dioxin exposure?

What are some potential side effects of dioxin exposure?

Side effects: Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. ...Read more

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I was cooking vegetables in a pan but burnt a plastic choping board on hob for 10 seconds, I ate the vegetables could i have ingested dioxin?

I was cooking vegetables in a pan but burnt a plastic choping board on hob for 10 seconds, I ate the vegetables could i have ingested dioxin?

Insignificant amount: Burning plastics can release harmful dioxins. This is a concern if you warm food within certain plastics in the microwave over time. The long term toxic effects are unknown and such toxins can persist in adipose tissue for a long time. That is just a public service warning: I would be rest assured that you have not done significant harm in this scenario. ...Read more

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Do you know are the types of dioxins present in auto exhaust the type that bioaccumulate in the body for decades?

Do you know are the types of dioxins present in auto exhaust the type that bioaccumulate in the body for decades?

Danger seems minor: If you believed everything you read about dioxins, you'd be reading uncritically. It's enormously politicized, and much of what's written both by "greens" and "industry" is clearly bogus. Dioxins accumulate in the food chain, but are not specially stored in humans that ingest or inhale them; Mr. Yusuchenko got rid of the toxic dose quickly though he was left with scars. ...Read more