Washington, D.C, United States (AHN) – New evidence has emerged linking exposure to exhaust from diesel engines with an increased risk of lung cancer.
Diesel exhaust has long been classified as a probable carcinogen. But a 20-year study from the National Cancer Institute in Washington delved deeper, tracking some 12,000 workers in certain kinds of mines, included facilities that mine for potash, lime and other non-metals.
The workers breathed varying levels of exhaust from diesel powered equipment at levels higher than the general population encounters
Among findings were that heavily-exposed miners had three times the risk of death from lung cancer compared to workers with the lowest exposure. But even workers with lower exposure had a 50 percent increased risk.
The study is important not only for miners, the researchers said, but also for the 1.4 million American workers and the 3 million European workers exposed to diesel exhaust, and for urban populations worldwide.
The report was published March 2 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Category: Manufacturing And Engineering
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