Past and current mining activities, as well as current agricultural and industrial practices, may open up pathways for arsenic to contaminate the environment. Natural deposits of arsenic may also seep into water runoff or contaminate air, water and soil from wind-blown dust.
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Exposure to high levels of arsenic occurs mainly in workplaces, near or in hazardous waste sites, and in areas with high levels of arsenic occurring naturally in soil, rocks and water. High levels of exposure are associated with serious disease and even death.
Symptoms of Chronic Exposure
If you are being exposed to low levels of arsenic on an ongoing basis, you may exhibit these symptoms:
- Changes in skin color, corns and small warts
- Thickening and discoloration of the skin
- Stomach pain
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Partial paralysis
- Life-Threatening Complications from Arsenic
Over time, exposure to arsenic can result in complications that become life-threatening:
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Skin cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or complications, it may be time to consider if you are being poisoned by arsenic. And if you are, what you should do about it.
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