Air pollution linked to cancer of the mouth

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Exposure to air pollution may increase our risk of developing cancer of the mouth, that’s according to a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

Mouth cancer is often associated with smoking, drinking and exposure to heavy metals. But there is emerging evidence to suggest it is also linked to air pollution.

As part of their investigation, a team from the University of Zhongshan in China, looked at statistics on oral cancer, health, insurance and air pollution levels. They found a clear link between cases of mouth cancer and exposure to high levels of air pollution. In particular, exposure to sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and varying sizes of fine particulate matter.

This is the first study of its kind. The team believes there is more work to be done. At this stage they have identified a link. But why and how this particular cancer develops still needs to be established.

For more on the findings from China, click HERE.

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