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Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? #4561359
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I know there's plenty of anecdotal evidence but I've never seen a direct connection between those who handle the most (mechanics) and skin cancer.

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561363
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I'm interested as well, especially after some of the minty smelling oils from BMW in the mid 2000's got me feeling downright thirsty!


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561367
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New oil is relatively benign. Its the used stuff thats carcinogenic. Comes from the byproducts of combustion. Benzene in the gas ect.

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Michael_P] #4561375
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Originally Posted By: Michael_P
New oil is relatively benign. Its the used stuff thats carcinogenic. ...
Exactly---as the warning on every bottle sold tells us.


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561383
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Maybe someone here would like to volunteer to soak their feet in a hot oil bath?



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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561385
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I was told it was waste oil that was the problem. I play it safe and wear throwaway gloves from HF when I'm handling oil, or working on my vehicles. I like to keep my hands clean.


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561392
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Sigh. There's this thing called Google.

https://www.google.com/search?q=evidence...me&ie=UTF-8


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561403
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Originally Posted By: Speak2Mountain
I know there's plenty of anecdotal evidence but I've never seen a direct connection between those who handle the most (mechanics) and skin cancer.


That's because they often wear gloves smile

Used oil is what does the most harm. New oil is relatively safe

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561404
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The toxic chemical buildup in the bloodstream kills all kinds of bacteria and flu viruses.

Ever wonder why mechanics are never sick?

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561411
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First let me say, don't do as I have done. I started working on cars in my early teens. We used to wash our oily greasy hands in gasoline. Did that kind of stuff for almost 50 years. I am thinking I should be dead. But for some reason my Doc tells me I am in good shape for 70.


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Bud] #4561428
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Originally Posted By: Bud
I am thinking I should be dead. But for some reason my Doc tells me I am in good shape for 70.


Case in point. grin

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561438
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there is conclusive evidence that used engine oil causes skin cancers. Back in the '90s, one of my early graduate placements, I had to do some hazard assessment, and read the papers.

Shaved mouse, used engine oil applied multiple times per day generally had cancerous lesions at the site of applications emerge.

If you change your oil WILL you get skin cancer ?

Probably not.

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561451
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Why not assume it is and use gloves? It would cost under 25. Actually I don't know what a pair of gloves cost. Guess at 25.


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Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4561475
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After two decades of being my own mechanic I took my 89 Accord to a local Honda specialist shop for a new oil pan gasket - because I didn't want to do it at home. When I picked up the car I noticed how clean the guy's hands were and asked him how he did it. My hands were always dirty, scraped, and had blackness under the fingernails for days after doing any work on the car. He simply said, "We wear gloves." Ever since then I've used nitrile gloves. I actually found that my concerns about grip were unfounded because I can grip things BETTER with the gloves. Having disposable gloves on hand is so handy. I use them for auto work, plumbing tasks (toilets - yuck), and food prep (very nice to have gloves on when kneading a meatloaf). Spend a few extra bucks to get thicker ones that fit you properly, as opposed to one size fits all. They are an essential part of my home workshop.

Re: Is there proof that motor oil is a carcinogen? [Re: Donald] #4561481
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Why not assume it is and use gloves? It would cost under 25. Actually I don't know what a pair of gloves cost. Guess at 25.


You got my curiosity. I buy rubber gloves for work by the case on eBay; since I'm PAYING for them out of my pocket, I don't hesitate to use them at home for whatever I want...$54.99 per case of 1,000 gloves...54.99/1000 = .0549 X 2 = pair so .10998 I guess about 10 cents per pair, actually closer to 11 cents. I'll use one pair to break loose the oil plug and filter and a second pair to completely remove & drain the filter, then go bare handed to replace the drain plug and hand tight new filter...about 22 cents total...you're not too far off...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SunnyCare-8804-Nitrile-Disposable-Gloves-Powder-Free-Non-Latex-Vinyl-Exam-XL/120861297266?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057874.m2749.l2649


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