What are the health effects linked to perchloroethylene (PCE)?

Occupational exposures to PCE have been linked to:


  • Several adult cancers including esophageal cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
  • Kidney damage;
  • Scleroderma;
  • Miscarriages, and;
  • Neurological effects such as memory loss, attention deficit, and delayed reaction time.


PCE-contaminated drinking water has been linked to:


  • Several adult cancers in one study at Cape Cod MA, including bladder cancer, leukemia, breast cancer, lung cancer, and rectal cancer;
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in one study in northern NJ; and
  • Oral clefts in one study.


The level of PCE in drinking water that may cause cancer or other health problems is not known.


Source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/Lejeune/faq_chemicals.html