NBC News reports on link between air pollution and cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

“We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates cancer-causing substances.

IARC had previously deemed some of the components in air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as cancer causing.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer-8C11410692

For a video clip from the NBC Nightly News Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53309399/#53309399

The new World Health Organization study on air pollution and cancer can be found at:

 

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