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Pressure Treated Wood May Cause Cancer
Over 90 percent of all outdoor wooden structures in the United States are made with arsenic-treated lumber. In nationwide tests, dangerous levels of arsenic were found on the surface of "pressure treated" wood purchased at several home improvement centers. Arsenic is a key ingredient in a pesticide called Chromated Copper Arsenate, or CCA that is the main ingredient used to "pressure treat" wood. Arsenic is poisonous and a known carcinogen. In fact, Arsenic is on the EPA list of chemicals known without question to cause cancer in humans.
Exposure to the amounts of arsenic found in pressure treated wood may cause: lung, bladder, skin, kidney and prostate cancer, cancer in the nasal passages, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and possibly death.
Every other use of arsenic as a pesticide is banned by the EPA. A special federal exemption was given to the wood industry, and millions of pounds of CCA per year are injected into wood that is then sold to families all across the country. CCA is not only poisonous to pests, but also to children.
The Environmental Protection Agency declared that use of chromated copper arsenate, CCA, must end by December 2003.
If you feel that you have been harmed by exposure to pressure treated wood please fill out the form below.
Last updated on Nov-18-04
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I think this might be whats wrong with me
I was a carpenter for many years dating back to the mid 1970's and in the late 1990's I would get real sick when handling pressure treated lumber as I built sun decks and privacy fences. Now I am terminal with RCC Kidney Cancer that was found back in March of 2012 where they removed my left kidney and it had a 3 lb. tumor in the size of 11 centimeters and there also is cancer in my right kidney which at the time was 1.5 centimeters and as of Sept. of 2015 it has grown to the size of 3.0 centimeters. I used to get real sick back in the late 1990's and early 2000's handling, sawing and nailing pressure treated wood because it would be so wet that I'm sure it entered my blood stream and was causing all this sickness and now cancer.
I have been a carpenter for 35 years mostly framing I have handled pressure treated wood hundreds of days sometimes would stain my hands green. Now age 53 my fingers are white discolored with numbness loss of blood circulation.
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