Pollution responsible for 10% of cancer cases

According to the European Environment Agency, one in 10 cancers is related to pollution. She says that most cases are preventable.

The writing of Allo Docteurs

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The air in the subway is also polluted
The air in the subway is also polluted.
The Magazine of Health – France 5

Europe, which represents only 10% of the world’s population, registers 23% of new cancer cases and 20% of deaths. How do we explain these numbers? According to the European Environment Agency, pollution is partly to blame.

“Exposure to air pollution, passive smoking, ultraviolet rays, asbestos, certain chemicals and other pollutants cause more than 10% of cancer cases in Europe”
revealed the European Environment Agency in a release.

Different sources of contamination involved

The air pollution is associated with approximately 1% of cases of cancers in Europe and causes about 2% of cancer deaths. If we focus on lung cancer, this figure rises to 9%. Recently, studies have also found a link between prolonged exposure to particles and cases of leukemia.

Exposure to tobacco smoke can increase the risk of cancer by 16% in non-smokers. This is called passive smoking. More than 30% of Europeans inhale smoke at home, at work or in public places.

You radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas contained within buildings is linked to almost 2% of cancer cases. It would even be involved in one in ten cases of lung cancer.

Almost 4% of cancers are explained by UV rays. Exposure to the sun has serious consequences: melanoma, skin cancer, affects more and more Europeans.

Also read: Air pollution: three times more fine particles in the underground than on the surface

After, chemical substances used in the workplace and released into the environment are carcinogenic. In the visor: lead, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, acrylamide, pesticides, bisphenol A and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances are suspected of attacking various organs.

Finally, theasbestos it is a known carcinogen. It is associated with mesothelioma, cancer of the lung, larynx and ovaries. Although the European Union has banned theasbestos in 2005 it is still present in the buildings. Therefore, workers doing renovation and demolition work are exposed to it. And even long after being in contact with a form of asbestos, cancers can develop. Asbestos is responsible for 55 to 88% of work-related lung cancers.

It is not a fatality, according to the European Agency

However, all of these numbers could decrease. The European Environment Agency estimates that the “rigorous implementation of existing policies” would drastically reduce pollution and therefore the risk of cancer. “Cancers determined by the environment and due to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to an almost negligible level”assures Gerardo Sánchez, an expert from the European Agency.

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