Air pollution associated with a higher risk of breast cancer

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Certain atmospheric pollutants, and in particular suspended particles and atmospheric pollution as a whole, are recognized as carcinogenic. Photo: Pexels

(World Today News) — Air pollutants not only increase the risk of lung cancer, but they could also be a risk factor for breast cancer. This is what is revealed by a synthesis of the international literature carried out by researchers from Inserm, CNRS and the University of Grenoble Alpes. They were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

According to available data, around 1,700 cases of breast cancer are attributable each year in France to exposure to atmospheric pollutants. Among the three main pollutants studied, nitrogen dioxide has the highest level of evidence.

Certain atmospheric pollutants are recognized as carcinogenic by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer); this recognition is linked to their demonstrated effects on lung cancer. (…)

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