The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) can differ from person to person, but it is still undeniable that they pose a serious threat to people’s health. The adverse effects of PCBs has resulted to it being banned from being produced in 1979 as ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency, yet these dangerous cancer-causing chemicals can still presently be found in our surroundings, food, and even our bodies. The range of health effects of PCBs exposure can range from simple skin conditions to serious, life-threatening cancers.
About 50 studies has been conducted since 1976 has confirmed that long-term exposure to PCBs in the workplace has caused increased mortality from cancers of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs. The airborne exposure of PCBs in workplaces has also affected tissues that are associated with the production of blood (such as the bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and tonsils) and can also boost the growth and spread of malignant melanoma. One study has even discovered a strong link between PCBs and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the lymphamic system.
Aside from cancer risks, websites of law firms such as Williams Kherkher point out that PCB exposure can lead to complications in the immune system for both children and adults. A compromised immune system can lead to a host of health issues that can lead to long-term care or medication. The people most at risk of PCB exposure, though, are workers who use them. When the workplace is the cause of a worker’s exposure to PCBs, then they have the right to file for a lawsuit for the damages that the exposure has caused. Because the serious effects of PCB exposure can be long-term or permanent, the victim should file an injury report to make the employer liable for their negligence and provide compensation or settlement to ensure the treatment and medication of their worker.