Re: Concerned about working with carcinogens
Namaste! Hazel, do you enjoy yoga as much as I do?
"Horn, Hazel V" wrote:
> I am concerned about the hazardous/carcinogenic materials we use every day.
> 30 years ago when I started in this field, there were no fume hoods and
> gloves were not mandatory. I would say it has been in the last 20 years
> when all of this started to change. No one would dream of working in the
> conditions I did when I was trained. I do think NSH has done some
> limited studies on this but I have not heard any results. There have been
> many histologists to develop cancer. Would it have happened anyway?? Who
> knows, but it is food for thought. Dezna Sheehan and Lee Luna are the 2
> most prominent that come to mind. Did Charles Culling also die from cancer?
> I also know several techs I have worked with or been trained by to die from
> cancer. Coincidence?? Maybe, maybe not. I personally have breast
> cancer, estrogen negative. I firmly believe my chosen profession
> contributed to this condition. Can I prove it?? No. Have I stopped
> working in the field?? No. I take all the precautions I can to protect
> myself. Being a supervisor limits the exposure I get. I love this field.
> I have received much personal satisfaction from my job through the years.
> For now I am well, or as they say, NED. No evidence of disease. Life
> is unpredictable. Do the most you can to protect yourself and your
> coworkers and hope for the best.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David.Petsch@med.va.gov [SMTP:David.Petsch@med.va.gov]
> > Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 3:52 PM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Concerned about working with carcinogens
> > Is anyone out there concerned about the hazardous materials we are exposed
> > to daily in Histology?
> > Such as Xylene, Formalin, and some of the other carcinogens used through
> > out
> > Histology.
> > We keep the exposure levels under the limits but I still can't help but
> > wonder if we're in harms way.
> > DAVE
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