Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.
Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.

Chemical in home renovations linked to child leukaemia, lymphoma cases in China; more than 70 per cent come from homes recently renovated, doctor says

  • Formaldehyde, widely used in building materials and furniture, suspected by doctor as cause of rising admissions of children with blood cancers at top hospital
  • Children at the hospital in Sichuan require years of treatment that can leave families deep in debt; only 70 per cent will make a full recovery
Topic |   Wellness
Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.
Gao Yukang (left) with his daughter Gao Zhaoruoyi (right), who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, at Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, southwest China. A doctor suspects formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in home renovations is causing cancer in children.
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