Cadmium

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Cadmium is a metal that is usually found in combination with other elements. Most cadmium used in the United States is obtained as a byproduct from the smelting of zinc, lead, or copper ores. Such cadmium is then used to manufacture pigments and batteries used in the metal-plating and plastics industries.

Exposure to cadmium happens mostly in the workplace where cadmium products are made. The general population is exposed from breathing cigarette smoke or eating cadmium contaminated foods. Long term exposure to cadmium may cause kidney problems, including kidney failure. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to cadmium may cause lung cancer. While evidence of birth defects in humans exposed to cadmium is inconclusive, some animals seem to be prone to such birth defects after such exposure. This substance has been found in at least 776 of the 1,467 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of cadmium exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



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  3. Birth Defects
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  5. Cancer
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  7. Digestive Disorders: Overview
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  10. Kidney Failure
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  12. Lung & Airway Disorders
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  14. Cadmium: Frequently Asked Questions
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