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Vinyl Chloride: Cancer

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In May 1970, Dr. P. L. Viola of the Regina Elena Institute for Cancer Research in Rome, Italy reported at an international cancer research conference in Houston, Texas, that vinyl chloride caused cancer in laboratory animals at 30,000 parts per million. Dr. Viola's work was sponsored by Solvay Chemical. (view entire document) This finding was extremely significant and elevated the hazards of vinyl chloride from an issue concerning "hand problems" in workers at a relative handful of companies, to a life-threatening issue affecting the entire chemical industry. The implications were enormous: if vinyl chloride were found to cause cancer, the entire chemical industry would surely be subject to controls at its factories. Even more potentially devastating, if the cancer finding proved true, the industry was potentially liable for vinyl chloride exposure from a broad range of consumer products.

In response, the industry dug in even further, and intensified the pattern of deception and delay it had developed with the hand disease problem.

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