|Risk of childhood cancer increased by exhaust fume pollution|
|Detail:|| Professor George Knox, University of Burmingham completed a study which found that children who live close to major transport hubs are more at risk of developing cancer. They found carbon monoxide and 1,3-butadience, both of which are produced by vehicle exhausts and particularly diesel engines, were the major cause of the increased risk. |
University of Birmingham researchers found those living within 500 metres of a bus station were six times more likely to die of cancer.
The study also said railways and hospitals increased the risk. For all the sites, exhaust fume pollution was identified as the primary cause.
But Ruth Yates, statistical information manager at Cancer Research UK, warned
"The results of this study should be interpreted with considerable caution and people should not be alarmed by its claims.
"Before we can be certain of any link between childhood cancer and exposure to pollution, research needs to include much more detailed information on people's levels of exposure than this study provides."
Source: BBC News
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Source for paper by Prof. George Knox:
Journal of Edpidemiology and Community Health Online