Enter your body
  • Inhalation

  • Ingestion

  • Dermal contact

About 5–50% of the cadmium you breathe will enter your body through your lungs.

A small amount of the cadmium in food and water (about 1–10%) will enter your body through the digestive tract. If you do not have enough iron or other nutrients in your diet, you are likely to take up more cadmium from your food than usual.

Virtually no cadmium enters your body through your skin.
Leave your bodyMost of the cadmium that enters your body goes to your kidney and liver and can remain there for many years. A small portion of the cadmium that enters your body leaves slowly in urine and feces.

Your body can change most cadmium to a form that is not harmful, but too much cadmium can overload the ability of your liver and kidney to change the cadmium to a harmless form.


Cover of Toxicological Profile for Cadmium
Toxicological Profile for Cadmium.
Faroon O, Ashizawa A, Wright S, et al.

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