Air pollution, health and cancer – a new report calls for action
10 March 2016
Air pollution’s role as a cause of cancer has slowly been shifting to the centre stage over the past few years. And news stories like Oxford Street’s nitrogen oxide levels being among the highest in the world, the Volkswagen emissions scandal and the law suit against the UK government for breaching pollution limits have all helped nudge it closer to the spotlight.
But thanks to another set of headlines, Cancer Research UK are also seeing questions asked as to exactly what can be done to fix the problem.
A panel of experts from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have published a report into the lifelong impact of air pollution.
The report, called Every breath we take, looks at the effect of exposure to polluted air on the risk of a range of diseases – including asthma, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
It estimates that about 40,000 deaths each year in the UK are linked to air pollution, and suggests what the public and policymakers can do to minimise the risk.
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