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New NIOSH Study Finds Liver Cancer Deaths at Goodyear

March 24, 2014

For fifty years, from 1946 to 1996, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plant in Niagara Falls, New York, polymerized vinyl chloride monomer in Department 145 into polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl chloride is a recognized, proven human carcinogen, which has been definitively linked to angiosarcoma of the liver (cancer of the blood vessels of the liver) and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in exposed workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has just released a new mortality study of the workers at this Goodyear plant. Even though exposure to vinyl chloride at this plant was significantly reduced after 1974, NIOSH found 11 deaths from liver cancer (hepatobiliary cancer), which is a rate 3.8 times higher than what would be expected when compared to the US population. Since 1986, my law firm has successfully prosecuted several vinyl chloride product liability claims for Goodyear workers with liver cancer or angiosarcoma. To read the full NIOSH study, press here.

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