International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Summaries & Evaluations
VOL.: 9 (1975) (p. 181)
5. Summary of Data Reported and Evaluation
5.1 Animal carcinogenicity data
Mustard gas is carcinogenic in mice, the only species tested,
following their exposure to its vapours or following its intravenous
injection, inducing an increase in the incidence of lung tumours.
Following its subcutaneous injection in mice, it produced a low
incidence of sarcomas at the site of injection.
5.2 Human carcinogenicity data
There is evidence of an increased incidence of cancers of the
respiratory tract in men exposed to mustard gas.
Subsequent evaluation: Suppl. 7 (1987)
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