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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.

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I haul pressure treated lumber on daily basis from 1989 to 1996 9years later developed nasal passage cancer i lost everything my house after paying 21 years i was 88 pds when we had to move the mortgage comp.told me it was my fault i got sick.after 6 months of treatment my 220 a week went away so for the next 6 months had nothing but teamster health benefits thank God the total bill was around 800000 i went to ss they said i was eligible but it would be 3 months my late wife applied for food stamps and was denied cause she made 200 a week doing hair when i reached 100 pounds i had to go back to work used my wife pants to do so had no choice never collected a welfare check ever so at the time i worked 50years this is how our government treats people thats my story

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Served in the USAF from 1987 to 1994 as structural tech, carpenter. The Military used that treated wood all the time and wandering what I will be facing having worked with that stuff so much.. I know I’m getting older but it seems like my skin on arms and face bruises the color of blood at the slightest bump by anything.. Wandering if exposure to that wood all those years in the military has caused my skin problems

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I had over 1000 square feet of decking done. The entire top floor and stairs are rotten and unfit to walk on. The deck is about 10 years old but the rot started well before now. This was a huge investment for me. My appraiser and inspector said this deck looks like its 25 years old. I believe yellowood should be responsible for my replacement.

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5 years ago we purchased enough yellowood pressure treated lumber fo a 20 × 20 deck, 20 ft. Railing and steps. Its rotted. It was my expectation this wood would last at least 20 years at a minimum. Purchased at Home Depot. Tn. resident

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I have a 1000 sq ft deck in texas that is rotten and I thought the pressure treated lumber would not do that. I bought it from Home Depot. thinking it would last a lifetime.

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I was a carpenter building decks and fences in the late 80's , throughout the 90' . Whenever I would finish a days work my throat would hurt and my hands became extremely dried out. I developed what I was told was psoriasis of the nails which became worse whenever I handled the wood, even if I wore a mask and wore gloves .The psoriasis is better today as I rarely will touch the stuff anymore. I still cannot socialise confidently because it looks sick as if I have a fungus . It was hell to deal with . I believe my lung problems are also to blame on the wood too .

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Yellow wood rotten within four years

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I think this might be whats wrong with me

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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.

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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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