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How can air pollution cause lung cancer?

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In the U.S. dust, smoke, and chemicals in the air cause up to 2% of lung cancers.

Researchers suspect that polluted air can cause changes in your DNA that may set the stage for a higher risk of the disease. The more air pollution you breathe in, the greater your chances of getting this type of cancer.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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