Workplace Carcinogens - Metals Part II: Detoxification Of Metals

Nov 01, 2018 | Chemical Pathology

Cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), arsenic (As) and nickel (Ni) are some of the most widely-studied heavy metals, for their roles in oxidative stress. These metals are classified as Group 1 carcinogens to humans, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).2 The major cancer sites are lung, bladder, skin, nasal cavity and sinuses. Together with environmental pollution that causes excessive exposure to heavy metals, occupational exposure increases heavy metal body burden. Detoxification methods should be investigated, and implemented as part of medical surveillance programmes.

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