PCB’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma   1 comment

I’ve started this blog to start a discussion about the science underlying the links between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and its causes and/or potential causes.  This is my first post, so please get involved and let me know what you think.

It has recently come to my attention that there is a strong link between PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyls) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  PCBs are a chemical compound that were used commonly for many types of household and commercial goods, like coolants and in transformers.  However, in 1979 they were classified as a persistent organic pollutant and were made illegal to produce.  Up until then, companies had heard of their toxicity but still continued to manufacture it because, of course, the products containing it were making them rich.

Recently research has been announced stating that many people exposed to PCBs have since been diagnosed or are now suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  According to the Fox River Watch, PCBs are a “probable carcinogen” for humans and a “known carcinogen” for animals, based on extensive cancer research studies.   All PCB mixtures cause cancer in animals.


Posted June 17, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

One response to “PCB’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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  1. Great post. So they were outlawed in 1979 but companies still manufactured them? Is anyone taking action against these companies?

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