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Brain Cancer and Vinyl Chloride

Exposure to vinyl chloride is known to cause brain cancer.

Vinyl chloride is a toxic chemical compound frequently used in manufacturing. It is a combustible, colorless gas. Vinyl chloride is also known as chloroethene, chloroethylene, and ethylene monochloride. A known human carcinogen, vinyl chloride can cause liver cancer, angiosarcoma, and other health problems in people who are exposed to it.

How and where are people exposed to Vinyl Chloride?

People are exposed to vinyl chloride by either breathing in air containing vinyl chloride or consuming water contaminated with it.

Most people who are exposed to vinyl chloride are exposed to it while at work. People can also be exposed to vinyl chloride if they live near a landfill or near a manufacturing facility that uses vinyl chloride or other hazardous materials.

Products with Vinyl Chloride

  • Between the years 1958 and 1974, hair sprays and other aerosols used in salons contained vinyl chloride

Industries where employees may be exposed to vinyl chloride:

  • Plant Workers
  • Vinyl Chloride Rail car loaders
  • Fabricators of PVC (poly vinyl chloride)
  • Shower Curtain Makers
  • PVC (poly vinyl chloride) manufacturing
  • Plastics manufacturing
  • Resins manufacturing
  • Rubber manufacturing
  • Automobile Interior Workers
  • Furniture makers
  • PVC (poly vinyl chloride) Construction
  • Transportation workers
  • Beauticians who used hair spray before 1974

What to do if you were exposed to Vinyl Chloride

If you believe you are suffering from vinyl chloride exposure, you should contact your doctor. You should also contact an attorney. You should contact an attorney because people injured as the result of the use of a product that contains vinyl chloride have a right to pursue a products liability claim. Lawyers have successfully demonstrated the link between Occupational Exposure of vinyl chloride and serious diseases (liver cancer and brain cancer).


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