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Do Silly Bandz Cause Cancer?

Yeah, that's right. Justin Bieber Silly Bandz are coming in September 2010

As a follow up to our article on if Silly Bandz have been recalled (they haven’t by the way, check out http://www.cpsc.gov/ for a full list of current toy recalls), we’ve been seeing a lot of people arriving on our site from search engines when they search for things like “silly bands cancer” and the like.

First off, let’s state right off the bat.  I don’t care what your friends says that their friends said who has an uncle that’s a doctor.  Real brand name Silly Bands do not cause cancer any more than anything made from almost pure silicon causes cancer.   Silly Bands are made from silicon, just like many cooking implements, medical devices, and also those Live Strong type cancer awareness bracelets people have been wearing for years.  There have actually been long term studies on the effects of silicon breast implants and they were found to not cause breast cancer, despite many rumors and ideas to the contrary.

Somewhere between the cancer awareness bracelets, the fact that some Silly Bands glow in the dark, and some made up playground stories the rumor that Silly Bands somehow cause cancer was born.  Tell that to the millions of people who wear the much larger silicon bracelets around each and every day to promote cancer awareness.  They’d probably like to know.

Now here is what we know:

  1. Wearing too many Silly Bandz for too long can cause skin irritation.  Sweat, heat and rubbing of any kind will certainly cause skin irritation over time.
  2. Wearing too many Silly Bandz could cause an impairment of blood flow and create blood clots.  Do not wear them to bed and remove them if your hand starts feeling funny.
  3. Silly Bandz are a choking hazard for children under 3.
  4. Silly Bandz have not been recalled.
  5. Silly Bandz are incredibly popular and may cause jealousy to prompt made up stories.

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6 comments… add one

  • Maria September 20, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Thanks for your post!
    I would like to add our personal experience. Last month , my 5 year-old son had a mosquito bite on his wrist and he scratched it… he was wearing 3 Silly Bandzs..of course they were not clean….next morning he had a long rash going up his arm..we took him to the doctor and he was dignosed with a straph infection and cellulitis. He had to have antibiotics.
    I think parents should be aware than the Silly Bandzs carry a lot of germs ..so if there is a small cut in the skin.. that can cause seriuos problems..

  • Jake September 25, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Is a straph infection a staph infection caused by a strap? Skin also carries a lot of germs.

  • cynthia October 4, 2010, 11:21 pm

    DONT THE SILLY BANDZ TO LONG WERE THEM BUT NOT TO LONG AND NEVER PUT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH OR ASK A GROWN UP BEFOR YOU DO BUT DONT FOLLOW THIS RULE AND YOU WILL END UP IN THE HOSPITAL AND ITS GONNA BE YOUR FAULT

    SO BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chiniqua February 6, 2011, 6:06 pm

    thank you so very much because my biirthday is coming and my mom was going to put sillybands in the candy bagsuntill i told my friend she told me silly bands cause cancer when i heard that i got really suprised because i like silly bands so i went on the computer to see if it was true thank you for letting me know now i know to take the ones that are tight off.

  • :Lsdjk;dfjg March 3, 2011, 4:08 pm

    i think silly bandz are AWESOME!

  • Stefanie Munro June 1, 2011, 6:39 pm

    I found this out because I was wearing silly bands and my friend told me that it causes cancer,so I googled it and this was the first link that came up.

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