Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about chemicals that have affected our health, in many cases unknowingly. 

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In Colorado, there’s been talks about how some ski waxes have dangerous forever chemicals in them that can cause a slew of different diseases and complications

On the other hand, 46.1% of Colorado homes leave their residents exposed to the carcinogenic gas, radon, which has similar effects on human health. 

Just a few days ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a ban on a chemical that turns out to be yet another danger to the health of Coloradans. 

Methylene Chloride, a Chemical Found in Paint Strippers and Chemical Refinishers, Found to be Carcinogenic


The EPA found that the chemical, methylene chloride, has been found to cause multiple different kinds of cancer, including: liver, lung, breast, brain, blood, and central nervous system cancer. Other risks include neurotoxicity, general harm to the liver, and death. 

They also have connected 88 deaths since 1980 with the chemical, and has seemingly caused many more illnesses as well.

They noted that even with proper safety equipment, people exposed can still be in danger.

However, they did note that the chemical can still be used in certain circumstances, but those are extremely specific and are tied to national security and the economy.

If you have done any projects that include paint strippers or bathtub refinishing using chemicals, you may have been in danger of being exposed to methylene chloride. 

The chemical has commonly been used in brush cleaners, adhesives, and sealants. 

The EPA has warned that the use of this chemical is wide, so make any products you have used don’t contain it. 

Where PFAS "Forever Chemicals" Can Be Found

These are the common places where PFAS can be found, according to the EPA. Information is found here.

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25 Counties with the Highest Cancer Rates in Colorado

Which counties in Colorado have the highest cancer rates? Using data from the CDC, the following counties in the gallery below represent the highest cancer rates in the Centennial State. Keep scrolling to see if your county is on the list.

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