There’s an unseen, dark force lurking over us every time we step outside. We can’t see it; we can’t smell it; we can’t taste it, and we can’t escape it and its side effects. Every breath we take pulls in cancer-causing particles that can clog our airways.
Air pollution is caused by vehicles, burning trees, power plants, burning coal, farming and industrial emissions. We already know that air pollution causes a wide range of other illnesses from respiratory to heart disease. We can now add lung and an increase in bladder cancer to that list.
The World Health Organization recently released data from 2010 indicating there were 223,000 deaths, worldwide, from air pollution. The agency found that, depending where in the world, breathing the air was as bad as breathing secondhand tobacco smoke.
In an article published by Heathcareer.com, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found countries, such as China, going through rapid industrial growth have higher air pollution levels. It makes sense, especially when you watch a TV show about China and see how bad the smog is. IARC lists air pollution and particulate matter in the Group one human cancers.
There are more than 100 other known cancer-causing substances in Group 1; they include asbestos, plutonium and tobacco smoke. Air pollution levels are different worldwide meanwhile the results are the same: There is no clean air left on earth.