Biomonitoring - Minnesota Dept. of Health

MN FEET: Cadmium Exposure

Information for medical providers

Cadmium is a natural metal found in the earth's crust. Cadmium enters the environment in many ways, including through mining and burning fossil fuels. Cadmium is used in products such as batteries, paints, and some jewelry.

Cigarettes and other tobacco products are a large source of cadmium exposure for smokers. People can also be exposed to cadmium in their diet, at their workplace, or through contact with cadmium-containing products. Long-term or high-level cadmium exposures can result in harm to the kidneys, bones, and lungs, and can cause cancer. In children, researchers are evaluating the toxic effects of cadmium on children's brains and nervous systems.

Click below for more information. These chemical-specific web pages were created to provide information to physicians as part of the MN FEET project. With questions or for more information, call 651-201-4233.

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Updated Monday, February 01, 2016 at 04:31PM 1/29/2016