Philips CPAP Cancer Risk
Philips Respironics is a leading maker of CPAP and BiPAP machines. In recent years, Philips has come under scrutiny after reports indicated that the foam used in the machines to reduce noise may degrade over time. This degradation may cause carcinogenic foam particles and gasses to become inhaled or ingested, which may lead to a variety of deadly cancers. In June 2021, Philips issued a recall of several different types of its CPAP and BiPAP devices, as well as mechanical ventilators. Many consumers now want to know, “Do recalled CPAP machines cause cancer?”
Do Recalled CPAP Machines Cause Cancer?
The use of CPAP machines, when prescribed by a doctor to treat sleep apnea, may reduce the risk of health problems. However, the recalled Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines contain a potentially dangerous polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam. This foam helps to reduce the noise of the machine to allow users and their partners to get a better night’s sleep.
The potential cancer risk from using a Philips CPAP machine stems from the PE-PUR foam. This type of foam can degrade and break down over time. Users may then breathe or ingest carcinogenic toxins, such as isocyanates. Over time, these toxins may lead to a variety of health issues, including:
- Airway inflammation or irritation
- Headaches and dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bladder cancer
- Hematopoietic cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Lymphatic cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Nasal cancer
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Stomach cancer
- Throat cancer
- Thyroid cancer
What Are the Toxins in PE-PUR Foam?
When PE-PUR foam begins to break down, the chemicals and particles released may cause serious health issues. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these toxins can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening.
Some of the toxins found in degraded Philips CPAP machine foam may include:
- Toluene diamine
- Toluene diisocyanate
- Diethylene glycol
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted as gasses
Because of these toxins and potential associated risks, the FDA and Philips Respironics recalled many of their CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as ventilators made between 2009 and April 26, 2021.
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