Identification of Environmental Carcinogens.
AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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Although approximately 6000 compounds have been tested for long term toxicity or carcinogenicity in laboratory animals, only about 3 of these have been active in animals. In humans only 20 to 30 compounds seem to be environmental carcinogens. However, in the past, it has been the unfortunate fact that the effects of most environmental carcinogens were first detected in exposed persons, rather than in laboratory animals. Therefore, it is of utmost importance both to identify any new compounds which may be carcinogenic in animals and to increase the speed, accuracy, and reliability of the physico-chemical determination of such materials - essentially a problem in analytical chemistry. Examples of possible environmental carcinogens are given.