Will & Can Masks cause cancer? And if so – Why & HOW?

Now by in no way shape or form am I an anti-masker, or anti-vaxxer, but there have been many false claims in regards to masks and their side affects, from breathing issues to cancer. As someone who regularly has had to wear one for work, before it became mandatory most places, I was somewhat concerned in hearing of the many health issues that may develop from use, so I delved into researching the best I could with the resources I have at hand.

Firstly, to actually block germs, one will need to use one without a filter as shown below – Non-Medical VS Medical. With that out of the way, we proceed to the ‘breathing issue’ created once the mask is fully sealed.

Non-Medical VS Medical

Personal experience with the breathing issue, I’ve a slight trouble breathing already due to a smacking my nose from an accident years ago which makes my breathing sound laborious however, I seem to have done just fine with the cloth masks and the N95’s, but…I do find the circle style makes me dizzy…thankfully, there are a few different designs, I chose the duckbill one instead which allows a bigger air bubble past my beak of a nose, and it lets me breathe just fine. (See below for the ‘duckbill’ design.)

You also should be made aware there is a difference between KN95’s and N95’s, however the CDC has authorized the use of KN95 as a suitable alternative to N95 for its response to Covid-19. See a few article references below:

Rolling Stone
Smart Air
Popular Mechanics

Breathing issue aside, I started writing this blog post to clarify the information put forward in this Instagram video in particular.

As I’ve worked in the medical field for 6 years, 2 of which I wore a mask to ensure the patients that had open surgery didn’t get infection from us. So naturally when this whole ‘masks give you cancer’ thing came up, I was like…um…so I used them for years and I have many friends who still do, was I in danger and are they?! What I discovered was the chemical that your speaking of, Ethylene oxide, a “known carcinogen” which is used to sterilize surgical masks. And ONLY in use for hospital settings, as they it sterilize the entire package, not the individual masks, and only in rare cases do they sterilize each mask, as it is ill-advised by the FDA.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

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According to the World Health Organization, ethylene oxide is a “potent neurotoxin, a known human carcinogen, a potential reproductive hazard, and an allergic sensitizer” that can cause health problems with acute overexposure and chronic exposure. Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most commonly linked to occupational exposure to ethylene oxide, although stomach and breast cancers may also be associated, according to the National Cancer Institute.

At the same time, “ethylene oxide sterilization is an important sterilization method that manufacturers widely use to keep medical devices safe,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ethylene oxide may sometimes be the only method of effectively sterilizing equipment that would otherwise be damaged in other sterilization processes, the FDA notes.

About 50% of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide, according to the FDA. The FDA encourages medical device makers to follow consensus standards to ensure residual levels of ethylene oxide are within safe limits.

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane. However, according to the FDA, face masks sold to consumers (including cloth masks) are generally not sold as sterile, and surgical masks are not typically provided as sterile.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

As with other medical devices sterilized using ethylene oxide, FDA guidance helps ensure any remaining levels are within safe limits.

Early on in the pandemic, Illinois-based medical supplies manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries sought FDA approval to resterilize used masks using ethylene oxide. Crucially, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends against using ethylene oxide for resterilizing single-use filtering face piece respirators — masks like N95s — due to risks associated with the chemical. 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment, also warns against using ethylene oxide to decontaminate masks because wearers could breathe in residual amounts.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

Ok, you say, I found a website where it says they sanitize each mask!? Now note that these are the Chinese masks that aren’t approved for use by medical nor the movies….3M, the north American maker disapproves of this method as well as the FDA.

(Also, if you do take the time to read the article above, it does address this)

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

I feel we as humans are too quick to jump on things when we are afraid, and we end up with fearmongers stirring up the pot, when it is an issue that is already taken care of by the powers that be. Not saying they are perfect, just saying someone up the food chain thought of this problem before a keyboard warrior noticed a huge issue, which in fact isn’t allowable by the FDA. I’m not saying I’m an expert either, I’ve only done a month of online research before creating this post, I don’t work in the creation, packaging, shipping and any other part of the process of mask creation, but I’m just hoping those that say they are experts aren’t completely lying to millions with a lie so large it would kill us all off.

So with all that said, if you feel worried about your provided masks, do your own research, and buy your own N95’s if you wish to ensure that you’re not supplied incorrectly.

Now, all that being said – whether you believe in COVID or not, I’d like to just point out…I’ve only been sick ONCE this year, where I was getting sick anywhere from 3-6 times a year before COVID….it’s been nice people haven’t been spewing their germs, being a lot cleaner in general, and more germ conscious then they were before. I hope we continue to put care and effort into keeping things clean, as it’s nice not to be sick, COVID or otherwise!

Artist – Spotlight – AYZRITO!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week one of my amazing fans – AYZRITO!!!

Always supportive and creating, this awesome gamer, lover of airplanes,

Bio of Ayzrito

Hello, I’m Ayzrito! I am a huge fan of aviation, space and trucking, which is basically all I do. If you need to ask anything, feel free to message me on instagram @ayzrito or discord Westjet#5881!

To support, watch gaming streams or join his Discord, PM him on his socials below below!

Youtube

Twitch

Reddit

Instagram

Discord – Westjet#5881

Artist – Spotlight – Ethan Ribeiro!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredibly multi-talented (best friend and partner) Ethan Ribeiro!!!!

I first ran into this gifted Entrepreneur when I was helping assist with an event, and he shocked me in his responsibility, goals, plans, and situation management. As someone who always seems to find the bright side, his optimism and support makes him a valuable asset to any team, and his resolve and determination to accomplish what he’s set out to do continues to shine through in all he does.

His newest venture is restarting REMEDY, a stream that dedicates its revenue to charities!

Bio of Ethan Ribeiro

About me, I am what I like to call a purebred Entrepreneur, I am currently starting/running multiple companies and brands. Born and raised in beautiful BC. I am very thankful to be where I am. Vancouver being such a diverse city, it sparks so many amazing opportunities. Growing up I always preached “Pursue your passion” or “Chase your dream” I do believe with the right amount of hard work and passion you can get yourself to where you want to be doing the things you love. That’s why I run many companies/brands and do many things, and know I can because I am doing what I am truly passionate about and love doing. One Company I run is ER Studios, a company I am currently in the process of launching, to help the Independent community in the film industry. Another Company I run is True Sound Events, an events company that hosts EDM type events across BC, mainly Vancouver. This is focused on bringing high quality sound and making every experience a memorable one. We also focus on helping artists grow and helping showcase their talent. In addition to True Sound Events, I also run True Sound Records, our record label and recently announced True Sound Radio. Me being the marketing and film geek, I also working on creating a company called Red-Line Media, a media company focusing on small businesses growth by helping curate high quality content and creating their strong online presence. Now aside from that I have many other business ventures I have been working on and many other talents and experiences I’d love to share, however since I can’t fit it into this bio of myself feel free to follow me on my personal brand Ethanrjourney where I document my day to day journey on creating and growing my businesses and brands.

To support, book him for an event, rent DJ and other equipment, watch gaming streams, listen to his music, release a track or to keep up on and/or be a part of his newly founded radio show, PM him on his socials below below!

EthanRJourney

Link Tree

True Sound Radio

True Sound Records

True Sound Events

REMEDY

Instagram

ER Studios

Twitch

Red Line Media

Artist Spotlight – IHopegood

Hey all!
I’m putting on the spotlight this week SPID…—I mean IHopegood!

IHopegood is an emerging rap artist, who also dabbles in mixing. He does charity streams, creative youtube content, and has just released his new album ‘Redemption in a New Reality’. His videos include but are not limited to gameplays, skits, covers, reactions, vlogs, rants, reviews & commentaries.

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To support, listen to his music, or check out more of his art click below!

Sound Cloud

Spotify

Instagram

Youtube

Facebook

Always look forward to seeing, supporting and working with this artist!!!

Artist Spotlight – CANZINO! (Zeus)

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredible musician friend Jesus Cancino!!!When I first met Zeus, it was at BITF a few years back, there was a stage set up with all sorts of music equipment, and with his amazing guitar playing, we formed a band ‘Pillow Surfers’ and rocked out for HOURS!!

Canzino is a musician and live-looper residing in Vancouver, BC. Alternative Dance-Rock with a splash of Electronic Melodies; Canzino is always dabbling. Always looking for fresh beats!  Years later, his musical talent keeps rising, his newest single out now, explaining the importance of eating your Broccoli’s!! #ranchitup Check it out now! Keep up the great work!!

To support, book him for an event, listen to his music, or check out more of his cover art click below!

Sound Cloud

Spotify

Instagram

As per his own direction ‘Feel free to reach out at canzinomusic@gmail.com – hit him up with your feedback or sling a crazy idea for a genre-blend that you think would be banging!’

Always look forward to seeing and working with this artist!!!

P.S. My apologies for being so lax lately with my blog in general, however do know I plan on spotlighting more of my amazing artist friends in the near future!! Stay Tuned!

2020 Exploration Updates – Now InstaScenes

As I step into this new year, I feel my effort can be better spent by using InstaGram’s built in features of Stories. Starting today, you’ll start seeing updates of where I’m at and what I’m doing, a quicker way of keeping you in the know, and an easier way for me to keep track of where I’ve been!

Any helpful feedback is greatly appreciated as I embark on this new adventure, one that has encouraged me to get out more and show off my beautiful town, and hopefully, maybe someday, the world!

-INSTASCENES-