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Now air pollution is linked to kidney bladder and bowel cancer (as well as lung) due to toxic particles


Air pollution has been linked to kidney and bladder cancer, showing toxic particles may cause harm beyond the lungs.

A ground-breaking study has found microscopic ‘PM2.5’ particles from car exhausts can raise someone’s risk of dying from kidney or bladder cancer by almost 15 per cent.

People living near busy roads, exposed to nitrogen dioxide from diesel cars especially, see their danger of death from bowel cancer rise by six per cent.

Pollution in British towns and cities are linked to 40,000 premature deaths a year, with heart disease and stroke the biggest causes.

Lung cancer is one of the next largest killers, but there has been little evidence on other types of cancer.

Now a study led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health has quantified the danger in a 22-year study of more than 600,000 people in the US.

Dr Michelle Turner, first author of the study, said: ‘This research suggests that air pollution was not associated with death from most non-lung cancers, but the associations with kidney, bladder and colorectal cancer deserve further investigation.’

A report this week showed toxic air is killing people in almost every part of the UK, with pollution levels in 43 of our largest towns and cities, from Eastbourne to London and Birmingham, reported to be breaching global safety limits.

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