Lead exposure and brain tumor correlation

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Lead exposure and brain tumor correlation

by Bee_Rich on Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:34 PM

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I was watching a show about the mineral lead and it got me thinking: is there a positive correlation of Lead exposure and brain tumor occurrence?

I used to own a battery company in my 20's and 30's and while we employed some safety, I suspect i encountered more than the average amount of exposure. Used to smelt lead, do battery terminal repairs with torch, etc.

google found this '06 article linking lead exposure to increased brain cancers and mortality.

http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=1212

Probably nothing I could do about it now but it is interesting. Any others with high lead exposure?

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by ourVictory on Sun Feb 17, 2013 06:00 AM

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Maybe, being born and living most of my life in a border town at the california and baja california states we have been constantly  reminded at several health fairs, newspapers, tv programming about all the lead containing candies, bags, dishes... battery factories that dump their "poison" along both sides of the border-mainly in Mexico"

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by rosegamel on Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:20 AM

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Oddly enough, my husband has had a BB stuck in his hand since he was 9 years old...the doctors never felt like it needed removed since it wasnt bothering anything and Im pretty sure it would be made of lead. He was diagnosed with GBM march 2011.

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by jon4156 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 09:12 PM

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BB's are usually steel.

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by ourVictory on Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:21 AM

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I believe you; in my case a piece of lead from a pencil that was incrusted by an elementary classmate still is in my left wrist. I will start asking when is the best time to get rid of it know that I have GBM that was diagnosed in 2010- i was 51 then. that's probably more than 45 years since I believe it happened-the piece of lead from the pencil.. thank you for reminding me about it, gracias...

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by SarahGrey on Mon Feb 18, 2013 02:50 AM

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hmm, my husband worked in a machine shop many years...  i wondered about this.  he also worked in a chemical factory many years.  sigh.  anyway, i dont know what metals they used in the shop - i dont think lead was used but maybe...

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by rosegamel on Mon Feb 18, 2013 05:47 AM

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thats what the doctor had said before too but he felt like it may be lead because it is bigger than most bb's..so who knows? My husband was also a welder so hard to tell what else he was exposed to!!

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by jackie342 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 06:28 PM

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On Feb 15, 2013 11:34 PM Bee_Rich wrote:

I was watching a show about the mineral lead and it got me thinking: is there a positive correlation of Lead exposure and brain tumor occurrence?

I used to own a battery company in my 20's and 30's and while we employed some safety, I suspect i encountered more than the average amount of exposure. Used to smelt lead, do battery terminal repairs with torch, etc.

google found this '06 article linking lead exposure to increased brain cancers and mortality.

http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=1212 "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=1212 " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=1212

Probably nothing I could do about it now but it is interesting. Any others with high lead exposure?

My husband ,diagnoised with GBMIV April 2012, was in Viet Nam and a mortar round hit his helicopter and he got hit with shrapnel in his arm.

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by Bee_Rich on Mon Feb 18, 2013 07:12 PM

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ourgraphite, not discounting your experience and observation but FYI the 'lead' in pencils is actually graphite, a form of carbon. probably why your handle is what it is! It's interesting to see the posts with various metals and mineral exposure

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by bebron on Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:35 AM

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Interesting. I have been doing my own research into the correlation between EMF radiation (esp. from power lines) and brain tumors. We lived just a few dozen feet from huge transmitters for 8 years and my husband was diagnosed with an oligo, grade II. We later found out that the woman who lived in the home before us was also diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after moving out of that house (needless to say we moved months after his diagnosis). The power companies are the ones funding the research so guess what...there is "no conclusive evidence". Imagine that!

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