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)

Last updated: 21 March 1998

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       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Mustard gas (PIM 354)