CDC Updates Report on Lumber Liquidators Cancer Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring cancer risk analysis.
Details about the Revised Risk from the CDC
NBC News is reporting that some people that have been exposed to certain types of laminate flooring that was made by Lumber Liquidators are up to three times as likely to get cancer as previously thought, according to health officials from the United States.
A statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from last week said that the laminate flooring contains formaldehyde, and was found to have a three times higher risk of causing cancer than was previously thought.
This new finding revises the CDC’s own findings that were released earlier this month.
In a report that was released on February 10, the CDC stated that exposure to the flooring posed a “low risk of cancer.” The report has since been revised to indicate that the initial report used incorrect calculations – and that the CDC used the incorrect ceiling heights.
Doing so caused the calculations of the risks of the flooring to be about three times lower than they should have been.
The Updated Report
The updated reports indicated that:
- Greater exposure to formaldehyde could cause irritation to eye, nose, and throat.
- The risk of cancer that is associated with anyone exposed to the flooring has increased.
- The flooring is likely to cause 6-30 cancer cases per 100,000 people as opposed to the 2-9 cases the study has previously indicated.
- Exposure to formaldehyde might also cause respiratory issues for asthmatics and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that they recommend taking the proper steps to reduce exposure to the flooring.