NIH News Advisory
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 5, 2000
Press Contact:
Bill Grigg
(301) 402-3378

Wood Dust, Talc, Estrogens, and Nickel Alloys Among Substances Being Reviewed for Inclusion in Report on Carcinogens

Wood dust produced in furniture and cabinet manufacture, and common talc are among the substances being considered for listing in the next federal Report on Carcinogens. To assist the National Toxicology Program in preparing the report, a group of scientific advisers will review the proposed substances Dec. 13-15 at the Wyndham City Center, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The meeting is open to the public. Other substances to be reviewed include broad spectrum ultraviolet light, as well as UVA, UVB, and UVC, the flavoring agent methyleugenol, metallic nickel and nickel alloys, trichloroethylene and two pharmaceutical agents long known to have medical benefits, but also with recognized risks for causing cancer.

The final version of this tenth report will be prepared by the National Toxicology Program headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As in the past, the next, or tenth, report will also list the regulations or restrictions that apply to the various substances. The reports are mandated by Congress to help the public, as well as Congress, determine if substances with a potential risk of causing cancer are properly regulated. The December advisory review will be by a subcommittee of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors.

The two medical products to be considered are chloramphenicol, which is an antibiotic in limited use, and steroidal estrogens, which have been used extensively as post-menopausal therapy and in oral contraceptives for women. The data on these and the other substances have already been reviewed by a panel of NIEHS/NTP scientists and a panel of government scientists from many agencies.

Scientists and members of the public can submit material or register to speak at the Dec. 13- 15 meeting by contacting the NTP Board Executive Secretary Mary S. Wolfe, Ph.D., NIEHS, Box 12233, A3-07, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, e-mailing wolfe@niehs.nih.gov or telephoning (919) 541-0295. An official notice on the meeting begins on page 61352 of the Federal Register, Volume 65, Number 201; updated information is provided on page 75726 of the Federal Register, volume 65, Number 233.

The possible listings are as follows:

Staff papers on the proposals can be read at http://roc.niehs.nih.gov/rocpublic.