Cancer breakthrough is a ‘wake-up’ call on danger of air pollution

Scientists have uncovered how air pollution causes lung cancer in groundbreaking research that promises to rewrite our understanding of the disease, reports The Guardian.

The findings outline how fine particulates contained in car fumes “awaken” dormant mutations in lung cells and tip them into a cancerous state. The work helps explain why so many non-smokers develop lung cancer and is a “wake-up call” about the damaging impact of pollution on human health.

Professor Charles Swanton of the Francis Crick Institute, who presented the findings at the European Society for Medical Oncology conference in Paris. said:

“Globally, more people are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution than to toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, and these new data link the importance of addressing climate health to improving human health.”

Full story at The Guardian here.

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