Air Pollution Risk – Cancer

  • “Long-term health effects [of air pollution] can include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys.”  - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, ELSI Project
  • People exposed to toxic air pollutants at sufficient concentrations and durations may have an increased chance of getting cancer or experiencing other serious health effects. These health effects can include damage to the immune system, as well as neurological, reproductive (e.g., reduced fertility), developmental, respiratory and other health problems.” - Environmental Protection Agency
  • “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined, after a five year study, that the air inside many residences and businesses is from TWO to FIVE times more polluted than outside air and can be up to 1,000 times as dirty. The EPA estimates that most Americans are exposed every day to indoor air contaminants that can lead to serious health problems for some people, including cancer, respiratory ailments, fatigue and headaches.”  - Congressional Quarterly
  • Long-term (16 years ±) exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) is more significant than exposure to coarse pollution and elevates the risk of all-cause lung cancer mortality and cardiopulmonary mortality by 4-8%.  - The Journal of the AMA