ATSDR - Toxic Substances - Aluminum
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Aluminum

CAS ID #: 7429-90-5

Affected Organ Systems: Musculoskeletal (Muscles and Skeleton), Neurological (Nervous System), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)

Cancer Effects: None

Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust. It is always found combined with other elements such as oxygen, silicon, and fluorine. Aluminum as the metal is obtained from aluminum-containing minerals. Small amounts of aluminum can be found dissolved in water. Aluminum metal is light in weight and silvery-white in appearance. Aluminum is used for beverage cans, pots and pans, airplanes, siding and roofing, and foil. Aluminum is often mixed with small amounts of other metals to form aluminum alloys, which are stronger and harder. Aluminum compounds have many different uses, for example, as alums in water-treatment and alumina in abrasives and furnace linings. They are also found in consumer products such as antacids, astringents, buffered aspirin, food additives, and antiperspirants.

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