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Does neoprene cause cancer?

Does neoprene cause cancer?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I'm looking to buy a sauna suit. Does neoprene cause cancer like people who don't have medical degrees say?

I'm looking to buy a sauna suit. Does neoprene cause cancer like people who don't have medical degrees say?

No: These "pop" claims are made up, probably by the manufacturers of sports and relaxation clothes that do not include neoprene. I'm sorry the world is full of crooks. ...Read more

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What chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

What chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

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 ...Read more

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Which chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

Which chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

Not concerned: Neoprene is polymerized chloroprene. Chloroprene monomer has caused cancer in a few obscure animal experiments, just as most anything else can be made to do as a promoter. There is talk of genotoxicity, but in its polymerized form it couldn't reach the genes in any case. Folks working with chloroprene aren't showing up with extra cancers. Don't throw away your wetsuit. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Only temporarily : Neoprene waist reducers work by causing spot sweating which causes some size reduction but that only lasts until the next drink of water. ...Read more

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Cleaning after a heavy deer mice infestation in the Northeast. Using N-95 with partial seal and neoprene disposable gloves. Likelihood of hantavirus?

Cleaning after a heavy deer mice infestation in the Northeast. Using N-95 with partial seal and neoprene disposable gloves. Likelihood of hantavirus?

Small.: Deer mice are widespread throughout the U.S. and about 20% carry hantavirus. Hantavirus is carried into the lungs by dust & dirt particles which an N-95 is about 90% effective in blocking out. Only a few strains of hantavirus cause HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.) The virus is killed quickly by sunlight exposure. You took the right precautions & are unlikely to get sick from HPS. ...Read more

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How to treat a neoprene rash on my wrists?

How to treat a neoprene rash on my wrists?

Avoid all rubber: Avoidance of all rubber /latex is the key. In the meanwhile try otc Hydrocortisone cream to calm it down. ...Read more

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What is neoprene?Side effect on the body

What is neoprene?Side effect on the body

Rubber: Neoprene is the material found in SCUBA wet suits and other compression type athletic apparel. Unless you are allergic to it wearing neoprene does not negatively affect the body. It will cause you to sweat profusely so you might experience a heat rash from wearing it. ...Read more