In the Department of Pediatric Oncology of the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital in southwest China, out of 40 pediatric patients here up to 90% are children with leukemia or lymphoma.
Although the cause of the cancer may be a combination of many factors, the deputy head of the Department of Pediatrics of Sichuan Hospital, Ms. Zhou Chenyan, has certainly identified the main cause from the seemingly impossible activity. Related is… home remodeling.
The SCMP newspaper quoted Deputy Head of the Department of Pediatrics of Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital Zhou Chenyan as saying that smoke in general has been shown to be closely related to lung cancer and she also believes that chemicals are used in Building materials and home decoration are the leading causes of leukaemia leukemia.
More importantly, she points to a chemical frequently used in home remodeling, formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colorless, odorless chemical that is used in glues and resins.
According to several previous studies that have shown, this substance is widely known as a carcinogen and has been linked to many different types of blood cancers.
In fact, the indoor air quality law in China regulates formaldehyde limit of 0.1 milligrams / 1m3 but this regulation is often ignored, many people do not care about the danger but return home before the time to smell. fly off.
China saw a controversial case last year in which a woman sued the rental app Ziroom to court over her husband's death. The woman identified as Wang said the apartment her family rented through the app in Hangzhou had a high concentration of formaldehyde in the wall paint and that it was the cause of her husband's cancer. blood, died 3 months after their family moved into the apartment.
Returning to the Sichuan Province People's Hospital, Ms. Zhou confirmed, many of her patients lived in houses that had just been painted before they got sick. "More than 70% of my patients in Sichuan come from recently repainted homes," she said.
One of them is Liu Wei, a former chef from Sichuan whose son Xuntao was ill in 2012. Mr. Liu said: “I was almost 2 years old when I was diagnosed after having continuously shown high fever. and often get sick. I had to quit my job to focus on taking care of her ". According to him, the cost of Xuntao's treatment to date has cost more than 1 million yuan (about 142,190 USD).
According to Ms. Zhou, children with leukemia usually take about 2 to 3 years of treatment at a cost of about 300,000 yuan, but for many children, that is just the beginning. The treatment regimen for both diseases is essentially the same, requiring the use of chemotherapy, even severe radiation.
China has a health care system that is divided into private and public programs. In particular, public health insurance only covers a small part of the cost of medical examination and treatment for serious illnesses, which means families will struggle to cover the costs of taking care of other sick children. Not to mention, many parents also have to take leave to take care of their children, so they lose a source of income.
Mr. Gao Yukang, 47 years old, was working in Sichuan agriculture before his daughter got leukaemia in 2017. Four years ago, Mr. Gao's family spent 500,000 yuan to build a new house in the village and moved back a week before complete. For 2 years, Zhaoruoyi's daughter kept having headaches and coughing and didn't eat well. He also thinks that formaldehyde is the cause of his daughter's illness.
Up to the present time, a total of children and adults, the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital is home to about 200 cases of leukemia. At its peak in 2017, one day, this hospital received 13 new cancer cases.
This medical facility expects the dangers of chemicals used in decoration and construction materials, mainly formaldehyde, to gain social attention. “I hope that families with sick children join hands to raise awareness among others about the dangers of toxic substances used in the home. Parents need to be careful to protect their children, ”Ms. Zhou said.