If being a painter wasn’t hard enough nowadays, the Irish Times is reporting that research published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that painters have a 30% higher chance of developing cancer of the bladder. The studies they cite were carried out from the 1950s to the 1990s and based on almost 3,000 cases of the disease in professional painters reported in 41 separate studies:
The study found that plasterers, glaziers, wallpaper hangers, artists and decorators were exposed to the same risk …
While smoking is a key risk, the authors of the study found that after taking tobacco use into account, painters were still 30 per cent more likely to develop bladder cancer than the general population.
Two words: oh, shit.
Hat tip @michaelpinto