Report confirms outdoor air & pollution cause cancer

17 October 2013

Lung cancer deaths & increased risk of bladder cancer linked

Most recent report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirms for the first time that outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer and increases risk of bladder cancer

In 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from air pollution – such as transportation, stationary power generation, industrial and agricultural emissions, and residential heating and cooking as well as some natural sources. “Classifying outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans is an important step,” stresses IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild. “There are effective ways to reduce air pollution and, given the scale of the exposure affecting people worldwide, this report should send a strong signal to the international community to take action without further delay.”

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