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Home > News > Diesel exhaust fumes cause cancer

25th June 2012

Diesel exhaust fumes cause cancer

A panel of experts working for the World Health Organisation, has announced its findings following extensive research into the effects of diesel exhaust fumes.

Diesel exhaust fumes are definitely carginogenic

Although the panel’s advice is that everyone should try to reduce their level of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes, their findings have confirmed that workers in mining, on the railways and involved in driving lorries (considered high-risk workers) have about a 40% higher risk of developing lung cancer than those not in a high-risk industry,

Previously classified as “possibly carginogenic”, the status of diesel exhaust fumes has now been raised to “definitely carcinogenic”, the highest category, which includes other carcinogens such as plutonium, alcohol and sunlight, as well as asbestos.

Dr Christopher Portier of the IARC (the International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the WHO), said: “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous – diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.”

There is also some evidence that the fumes can cause bladder cancer.

The UK Department of Health said: "We will carefully consider this report. Air pollutants are a significant public health concern, we are looking at this issue as part of our plans to improve public health.".

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