The cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced yesterday it has classified outdoor air pollution as:
Carcinogenic to Humans (Group 1)
The IARC concluded there is “sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer.”
According to Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Section, “We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”
Other agents classified by IARC as Group 1 carcinogens include Arsenic, Asbestos, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1, Particulate matter in outdoor air pollution, Plutonium, Radium, and Tobacco smoking, and Second-hand tobacco smoke.
WHO IARC Press Release 10/17/2013
World Health Organization: Air pollution causes lung cancer WCPO Cincinnati 10/17/2013