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article imageSurgeon reveals link between household chemicals and lung cancer Special

By Tim Sandle     May 14, 2014 in Health
Many household and cleaning products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems.
The risks from VOCs has been made by the American Lung Association. The Association highlights studies that link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory issues. Moreover, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.
Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:
Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products;
Air fresheners;
Chlorine bleach;
Detergent and dishwashing liquid;
Dry cleaning chemicals;
Rug and upholstery cleaners;
Furniture and floor polish; and
Oven cleaners.
To find out more about this issue, the Digital Journal spoke with Alexander R. Marmureanu, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon who treats numerous lung cancer and diseases of the esophagus cases.
Dr. Marmureanu said that people should be focused on preventing harm from cleaning and household products by using them sparingly and in well ventilated places. Consumers should also check which products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and, in some cases, people should be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer. These are important issues: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to the U.S. population.
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