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Recent Study: Breathing Los Angeles Air Linked to Cancer

Recent Study: Breathing Los Angeles Air Linked to Cancer

Feb 11, 2014

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Southern California, but that yellow-grey hue that hangs above our beloved City of Angels is not a halo. In fact, it was just recently discovered that living in cities such as Los Angeles and Long Beach could give you cancer just by breathing the air.

A new report from the cancer agency of the World Health Organization affirms that air pollution is a leading cause of lung cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has an official list of carcinogens, substances known to cause cancer, and added air pollution to the list alongside other well known problem causers such as tobacco, asbestos, and ultraviolet radiation.

The report was released after scientists analyzed over 1,000 cases worldwide and was able to provide sufficient evidence to state that air pollution causes lung cancer.

The top five most polluted cities were Bakersfield, CA, Merced, CA, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Riverside in the U.S.

Bet that new electric car is looking pretty sweet right now, my fellow Southern California commuter.

Could breathing the air here give you lung cancer?

Could breathing the air here give you lung cancer?

For more details visit:
CBS News
Cancer.org
CNN

 

 

Andrea Kuipers - I am a well versed, interdisciplinary scientist with a background in marketing, media, & journalism. I am currently finishing up degree number five at Cal State University Fullerton & working in a biochemical/biotechnology lab engineering proteins. Linkedin

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