One of the most common problems with biopsy handling is the risk of being exposed to formalin and formaldehyde either through touch or inhalation. The IARC, which is the Cancer Agency of the World Health Organization, classifies formaldehyde as a category 1b carcinogen. * Suited to a wide range of biopsy procedures, BiopSafe offers the same quality sample fixation you’re used to, but with additional safety.
In studies stretching back several decades, exposure to formaldehyde, the main ingredient in formalin, has been linked to respiratory tract and skin irritation after immediate exposure. Long-term formaldehyde exposure has also been shown to increase the risk for developing nasopharyngeal cancer, sinonasal cancer, and myeloid leukemia. Read Merit’s recently published white paper regarding the risk of formaldehyde exposure and the innovations helping to reduce that risk.