Animal Species in which N-nitroso compounds induce cancer

Int J Cancer. 1981;27(4):471-4. doi: 10.1002/ijc.2910270408.


In reviews on the carcinogenicity of N-nitroso compounds (NC) the number of animal species in which these compounds induce cancer is understated. In recent years additional species have been used in experiments. Tumours have been induced by NC in 39 species which belong to 36 genera, 25 families, 17 orders and five class of animals. The names of these taxa are presented in Latin and the common names of species are given in English, French and German. The carcinogenic action of eight NC in various species is tabulated.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carcinogens*
  • Nitroso Compounds / adverse effects*
  • Species Specificity*


  • Carcinogens
  • Nitroso Compounds