BACKGROUND: Arsenic is a chemical carcinogen that exists naturally and in the workplace.
OBJECTIVES: Review exposure, clinical signs of arsenic exposure, and the carcinogenic potential.
METHOD: Review of literature.
RESULTS: Arsenic is a known carcinogen that occurs both naturally and in the workplace. It causes cutaneous malignancies, hyperpigmentation, palmer and plantar keratosis, and internal malignancies, especially of the lung and bladder.
CONCLUSION: Exposure risks need to be well publicized. Those people with known exposure need regular full skin exams as well as close follow-up by their primary care physician.
Maloney, M. E. (1996), Arsenic in Dermatology. Dermatologic Surgery, 22(3): 301–304. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1996.tb00322.x
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