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Formaldehyde and cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a known cause of cancer.
Studies have shown that formaldehyde increases the risk of developing nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia. These studies have usually been done in workers exposed to formaldehyde. Often, people who are exposed at work have higher levels of exposure than people who may be exposed in their homes.