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Oncology (General Cancer)/melamine/formaldehyde smoke & cancer?


Recently I inhaled some melamine/formaldehyde smoke (from melamine utensils accidentally put in a microwave over), bad enough to  irritate my throat. How much, if any, would this increase my risk of getting throat or lung cancer?

With the exception (maybe) of benzene, exposure to chemical carcinogens must be "chronic" in order to slightly increase your risk of cancer.  The cancer risk and the degree of irritation are not related.  I wouldn't worry.  However, if you smoke or hang out with a smoker, you probably should stop that.  That would increase your risk of lung or throat cancer, far more than a single exposure to melamine/formaldehyde smoke.  

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Donald Higby, M.D.


I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.


I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

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