The U.S. Study Debunks the Myth of Formaldehyde Cancerogenic Properties

Jan 16th, 2018

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has released a report on the research conducted by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) which confirms that formaldehyde, when inhaled by test laboratory mice, does not cause leukaemia. The effects of the product were tested on the mice which have genetic disposition strains.

The researchers expressed their utter concerns about the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to summate all existing scientific data and include it into the formaldehyde assessment draft of Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) in 2010.

The experiment was conducted on the mice with specific genetic pathologies that make them sensitive to mutagenous cancer-causing chemicals. The control group of animals was exposed to formaldehyde impact.  It was hypothesized that the mice with these traits would have an elevated risk of developing such forms of cancer as nasal tumours, lymphohematopoietic cancer and leukaemia.

The mice were inhaling a large dose of formaldehyde which 100 times exceeded the permissible limits. However, the findings showed that formaldehyde did not affect the development of the above-mentioned cancers and other cancer forms. The fact that this product cannot be called tumourigenic places in question the EPA’s conclusion about the risk level of formaldehyde.

The received data is included in the body of the epidemiologic, mechanistic, and toxicological database which asserts the idea of formaldehyde non-hazardousness. The research findings will be added to the rest of scientific evidence for solid support of formaldehyde safety.