What makes people more vulnerable to cancer from EtO?

EtO is a human carcinogen. It causes cancer in humans. Scientific evidence in humans indicates that regular exposure to EtO over many years increases the risk of cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Studies also show that long-term exposure to EtO increases the risk of breast cancer in women.

Workers who use EtO as a part of their jobs and people who work, live, or go to school or daycare near facilities that use EtO may breathe in EtO at levels that can increase cancer risk. This risk is not the same for everyone and depends on how long a person is exposed over the course of their lifetime or career, as well as how much EtO is actually in the air. The distance from a facility or other EtO source plays a big role in how much EtO might be in the air.

Because children’s bodies are growing, they are expected to be more susceptible to the toxic effects caused by EtO. This is because EtO is mutagenic, meaning it can damage DNA. As children grow, they tend to be more susceptible to the harmful effects caused by chemicals, including chemicals that are mutagenic. For anyone, including children, risks would decrease with decreased exposure.

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1. Does this cause respiratory problems and shortness of breath, along with fatigue?
2. Is it possible that there were residents who had moved away from the area who might have cancer, but were not included in the study?
3. Are people with lead exposure more vulnerable? Many homes have lead water lines. Over 90% of children tested for lead in this area.
4. Is there a reason that throat cancer, aneurysms and other cancers are not included in this study?
5. The former Trump Administration rolled back many EPA regulations. Can we ever be safe again?
6. When did these gas emission results cause the EPA to become involved at this late date? The owners should have done their extensive study prior to establishing this hazardous source in our community.
7. Will the Health Department do any testing on individuals for potential cancer of any kind?
8. Has Sterilization Services said they would lower their Ethylene Oxide emissions?
9. Why hasn’t our Health Department used their authority to force Sterilization Services to reduce Ethylene Oide emissions? Our Health Department has the authority by law to do this.
10. What actions are being taken against the Sterilization company? These types of companies should be in remote areas.
11. Why are these meetings held so far away from the communities affected? This church is 3.3 miles away from the facility. What about folks without transportation?
12. Is there a lawsuit in the making for this matter because I hurt every day?
13. When should the resident of 38109 expect any of these pending cancer-causing studies to be completed? What other actions in our regard should be taken?
14. What should you do if you have been diagnosed with cancer?
15. What should you do if you have cancer and do not have insurance for treatment?
16. What can the Health Department do to provide access to care to those in the affected area?
17. How long does it take for EPA’s proposed rule to become final and how long will facility have to comply? Will Sterilization Services consider making voluntary changes after the rule is published?
18. Why does the Health Department not shut the facility down as a
19. What are the individual services at the Shelby County Health Department?
20. What are ways that the Shelby County Health Department can be more trustworthy to the community?
21. When did EPA last review this and change emission standards?
22. What makes people more vulnerable to cancer from EtO?
23. Does the lack of evidence of cancer clusters mean there is no elevated risk of cancer?
24. Instead of conducting a cancer incidence study, why not test Ethylene Oxide levels in the air?
25. What has Sterilization Services said they would do?
26. Would it not be better to move the sterilization plant to another area as a preventative measure for the safety of the neighborhood?