I'm a High School Chemistry teacher. I have only been teaching for a few years and know very few other chemistry teachers. Of the ones I do, One has died of cancer, one is a cancer survivor and one is being tested and currently in cancer therapy while an equal number remain healthy (but have taught fewer years). That's scarry.
Could it be coincidence or some other more localized cause? Yes. Although cases were up to 100 miles apart. I realize the sampling size is small and this is all very anecdotal but I'm looking for answers nonetheless. It seems to me that a possible culprit might be the haphazard way that stock handling and chemical lab supply making is done in High Schools as compared to higher education institutions or research facilities. Many schools don't vent their stock rooms even though it's required (there are no consequences) and teachers take the stock put it out on the counter and measure out what they need and make solutions. They don't bother with gloves, lab coats or aprons either. In a professional laboratory this would be done in a fume hood to minimize long term exposure to many substances with proper protective clothing.
Are there any readily identifiable health hazards for a High School Chemistry teacher based on the above information?