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International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Summaries & Evaluations

SELENIUM AND SELENIUM COMPOUNDS

VOL.: 9 (1975) (p. 245)

CAS No.: 7782-49-2

5. Summary of Data Reported and Evaluation

5.1 Animal carcinogenicity data

Selenium compounds were tested in mice and rats by the oral route. Although in one experiment in rats selenium produced an increase in the incidence of liver tumours, the available data are insufficient to allow an evaluation of the carcinogenicity of selenium compounds.

5.2 Human carcinogenicity data

The available data provide no suggestion that selenium is carcinogenic in man, and the evidence for a negative correlation between regional cancer death rates and selenium is not convincing.

Subsequent evaluation: Suppl. 7 (1987) (p. 71: Group 3)

For definition of Groups, see Preamble Evaluation.


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