Exposure to air should be safe and normal to a human body on a daily basis; however, according to a study of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organisation (WHO), simply breathing air is a risk that may cause cancer.
The problem is in the pollution that continues to increase; mostly in overly developed countries. Convincing evidence in research indicates that bladder cancer is an increased risk, which is a result from exposure to air pollution.
As researchers evaluate the dangers of pollutants, studies show an increase in health risks in countries with an overly developed system of public transportation and industrial emissions; which are known as major culprits to the increase in several illnesses involving heart disease and lung cancer.
What areas are affected the most? According to extensive studies of pollution in European countries, Bulgaria is deemed to have the highest concentration of cancer-causing agents in Europe. Particulate matter, which is made up of small airborne gas particles from various emission sources, poses a heightened risk in the cities of Bulgaria where the impact of sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide adds to the country’s overall health risks.
Recent discoveries from studies in 2010 showed a total of 223,000 deaths related to lung cancer that were the results of air pollution.
A 2011 study from United Nations shows that Bulgaria, Romania, and Armenia “lead the world in deaths from outdoor air pollution.” A representative of the European Environment Agency (EEA), stated that the too many Europeans live in an unhealthy environment and that there needs to be a push in current legislation to address the pollution crisis.
In the perspective of the individual in industrialized countries, avoiding carcinogens is just as difficult as avoiding exposure to open air. The reduction of exposure will mean the reduction of outdoor activities to the individual, which is not practical in the world of travel. Studies suggest that pollution is widespread and that even cooking indoors can lead to another type of emission source adding to health risks. It seems that remaining indoors is not a safe option either.
The downplay of cancer-causing air pollutants and increasing breathing problems is an unfortunate epidemic that most countries welcome, according to studies. EU legal limits for different types of pollutants are behind in the recommendations of the UN, which explains the toned-down response to the redress of pollution from most countries.
It is said that exposure to outdoor air is deemed carcinogenic to the human body and should be classified as such. The reduction of pollution depends on the willingness to grasp the facts of pollution and classify the quality of air as an increasingly dangerous risk in particularly industrialized nation.
Though experts were not clear in establishing a susceptibility to cancer caused from pollution, the exposure to air pollution certainly runs parallel to the increasing cancer risks, according to IARC.
Studies, according to IARC, will continue with an in-depth look at the reasons why the simple act of breathing air may cause cancer. A conclusion will be published by the IARC on October 24, 2013 in The Lancet Oncology website.
Written by: Dianna Coudriet