Lead exposure and lead poisoning is associated with many health effects; however, skin cancer and cancer have not been strongly linked with lead exposure.
According to the American Cancer Society, "There is some evidence showing that lead may cause cancer, but this evidence is weak. Still, lead has been loosely linked with cancers of the lung and stomach, and more weakly linked to brain and kidney cancers."
Other national (National Toxicology Program-NTP) and international agencies (International Agency for Research on Cancer-IARC) have taken a stronger stand-- saying, NTP - "lead acetate and lead phosphate as reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens" and IARC- "lead and inorganic lead compounds as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)" respectively. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified "lead and lead compounds (inorganic) as probable human carcinogens."
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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