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!

Fear Mongering Vegetarians

I have many vegetarian friends…well we’ll see after this, but I do hope they realize the point I’m trying to bring across, and that I’m not attacking their stand, but rather questioning the tactics used to pull people to their side, and to point out the fact that we’ve got a much bigger problem then meat.

Former Piggies

I see videos hit my feeds with terrible butcher shops showing what gets done in these slaughter houses. Ok, that’s sad, disturbing and we shouldn’t be letting this happen yes I agree. But, when I see a video come across my feeds that said ‘You’ll never eat gummies again’ I laugh as I’ve known that procedure has existed long before factory meat preparation. But as I watched the video, they put a whole lot of extra procedures in there that was unneeded. What gummies are made of is gross yes, no grosser then having a pork stew with all the pig odds and ends, but it was to ensure all the animal was used! But somehow that is now being used as a push by vegetarians to stop you from eating meat and now another product. I also read the article, which once again, no background as to when this first started, nothing saying this was a procedure once used to get rid of waste is now a mainstream process that is overused. That would have been non-fear mongering.

My integrity was questioned when I questioned the lack of information that came with this video, “did u watch the video? it doesn’t need words.. pigs packed into small areas are hung up drowned in boiling water then the parts of the animal no one eats are made into candy.. its discusting.. there are so many animals killed for food.. when we wont even let a human suffering die with dignity. if u try to kill yourself u get lock up for mental problems bits fine if its a food animal.. bc if it was a cat or dog people would be freaking out”. –

First off, I have a really hard time listening to somebody who can’t type/spell correctly. In this day and age, we have spell check. Use it.

Second Off — I’m just super tired of vege’s (one what a ridiculous name) blasting farmers and procedures that you evidently don’t know have been around since before the holocaust, or if you did, you omit it for fear effect. If you knew your history, you’d know the Jews refused gelatin offered in concentration camps because they couldn’t eat pork. Many went hungry.

I say that capitalism is what ruined it all and all you vege’s do is fear monger and point out facts that we’re already aware of. Those of us who are responsible about our meat usage aren’t slaughterers, we don’t take JOY in killing them. Let’s maybe look at the good things we’ve done by using everything.

Maybe you think you’ve evolved to live above the wild instincts of nature and you think you’re better then those of us that haven’t ‘evolved’ past this. If this is your way of thinking, maybe you should give us some grace.

‘But I’m so much better then you! I don’t take life!’ You cry indignantly!

I’ll share some science with you. Did you know grass bleeds and when you cut it, it actually goes into nervous shock???? All beings no matter what we think dies for us when we need to eat. It’s how we respect that lose of life that makes us a better person, not shitting on people for trying to stop waste from happening. Instead, you’re going to completely disregard the fact that a person figured out how not to be wasteful with what was given them, not bothering to look at the good that had been done at the past, and mourn how it has become such an easy thing to do.

Many people who tell me they don’t eat meat blame the meat industry. There are some who can’t take a life, saying it’s inhumane. I understand where they’re coming from saying that in this day and age we shouldn’t have to eat meat. But what they don’t seem to realize the part concerns me as it’s not just the meat industry that is corrupting and killing life forms.

The problem isn’t meat. It’s factory production. We’ve lost our connection with our food, plain and simple, and it scares me to know that people aren’t aware of what is in their food, either by ignorance or head burying. Yes, mainstream meat packaging and producing is a terrible terrible way for animals to live, but back in the day when the cattle roamed the plains, the natives taught the white man how to care for the cattle. They KEPT THEM ALIVE. They had to knock frozen snot off their faces when they’d end up stuck out in a field after a snow storm because they really aren’t the brightest creatures.

I come from a long line of farmers, and while I don’t raise my own meat, if I had the chance, sure I’d have a few chickens!!! My father grew up on a farm, and passed his knowledge and green thumb down to his kids. They had a huge vegetable garden, a variety of animals, they grew and raised some for meat, but also cheese, and milk as leaving the mother’s tits full (sometimes they get confused because another calf that isn’t theirs is around and then their bodies start lactation) and so the farmers make sure they aren’t hurting. They all had names, there was even 6 geese that when it came to be their time, grandma butchered them, they stayed frozen till the day she died in the freezer because she couldn’t bring herself to eat her friends.

My great uncles owned a milk farm, about 20 years ago. My boyfriend worked on one in surrey about 6 years ago. Because of these cows, he thought all of them were stupid. The way the farmers treated them was pathetic -automated machines that sliced their legs a few times a day to clean the floors. They were cooped up with minimal space. When he told me I was shocked and told him that’s not how my dad described it. My dad was able to sit down and explain exactly the gorgeous operation that is just too expensive for farmers to uphold in this modern day society. Once again, even all the dairy cows had names, but we’ve lost that connection to the earth.

Same thing goes for vegetables. Our farmers corrupt our crops with chemicals. Not only do they use pesticides, but they use syringes to input a chemical that makes then grow large and pretty looking. Any food that comes across the border has been radiated. Guess what? That’s shit for you! Same thing as factory fed meat.

Well, you say, I only eat Organic. Ok, welcome to 2018, where Organic is just a label slapped on everything for easy sale. Vegetables sporting organic have been proven to be grown right beside the fields being sprayed with pesticides.

So if you want to get on this band wagon, know both sides and stop throwing poo around like a bunch of monkeys hoping someone will get pissed off enough to change their diet. It needs to be a lifestyle change and you need to either grow your own veges and animals, or know artisans around (like my father) who can provide you with fresh produce etc. Basically, don’t buy into this world’s easiness. It’s not just meat.

Farmers had a pact with animals, you treated them well because they gave you life. Are you just going to let species overpopulate so that nature can take it’s course and we’ll have bloody massacres in the streets from Cougars, wolves and other predators we’ve been keeping them safe from. This is a cycle, and though man has gotten way off track thanks to capitalism, we should still try to find a use for everything instead of it becoming a rotting corpse. I myself will donate my body parts so someone else can use them. Who cares, as long as it doesn’t cause harm to the living, what they do with them after I’m gone?

Those of us who are responsible about our meat usage aren’t slaughterers, we don’t take JOY in killing them. And if you’re a hunter, there is thrill to the hunt, not the slaughter.

For so many years people were pissed we weren’t using everything of the animal, and now people knock it now that it’s become factorized. Let’s go back to the little farms and stop throwing around blame when it’s the fact that society has a whole has lost touch with ‘mother nature’ if you will.

One of my biggest annoyances is them ‘There’s facts, THERE’S FACTS!!!’ Like I’m not aware. I am, I just see the bigger picture, and am tired of us using our social media platforms to induce fear when we do have the actual facts in front of us. I’ve never once jumped all over someone for not eating meat. That’s your decision. I’m just getting sick and tired of being pushed on us with twisted facts and hopes you’ll change our minds. That’s manipulative and tactics right out of religious books. But do know that to push it down our throats with twisted facts will only warp how you are portrayed.

Here’s some facts for you PLANTS HURT TOO. They don’t bleed necessarily, as they have their own way of cauterizing the wound. If you want to get on the bandwagon of life is precious, you need to be made aware of the FACTS of science. That lovely smell you inhale, is grass screaming HELP ME!!!!!. And we just do that because it ‘Looks nice’ — A disgusting show of wealth from days gone by.

If people aren’t aware let’s make them aware. But these fear-mongering videos are annoying. Facts people, not just horrifying images.

To this, I was told, ‘but if it was humans it wouldnt be conciderd fearmongering. no one would need facts bc if a picture says a thousand words a video says a million. and an uniformed decision if its to not eat animals is never a bad decision’. — Once again, it’s 2018, please use spell check so I can take you seriously!

Anything done with deception will fail. When pictures and videos are put in a way without the rest of the information that enrages people to make uniformed decisions and take sides that they don’t understand, and one day, because their faith wasn’t put in facts, it will melt away and all you’ve ‘done’ will fall apart, as does any nation or group that puts it’s faith in half truths.

If you still don’t get it, you missed the point entirely of my message.