The research on air pollution just keeps delivering. Now it is breast cancer, one of the major cancers in Australia.
Most of us would know of at least one woman who has or is a survivor of breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Florida USA who studied almost 280,000 women found that –
- “women with dense breasts were 19% more likely to have been exposed to higher concentrations of fine particle matter (PM2.5).
- For every one unit increase in PM2.5, a woman’s chance of having dense breasts was increased by 4 per cent.” See – http://bit.ly/2nGgOMe
Women with dense breasts are 3-5 times more likely to develop breast cancer. Living in polluted areas increases dense breasts & cancer rates.
Cancer Australia says breast cancer is the second most commonly cancer diagnosed & the most common cancer diagnosed in women.
“In 2017, it is estimated that 17,730 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (144 males and 17,586 females).” They also say 28 men & 3,087 women will likely die from breast cancer this year. To add something positive here – 90% of people with breast cancer survive at least 5-years post treatment.
This week SUVs & other diesel powered vehicles made the news because pollution from diesel fuel has been found to cause cancer & respiratory diseases.
In 2016 around 9 out of 10 utes & more than half the new SUVs sold in Australia were powered by diesel. One third of all cars sold in Australia use diesel fuel.
You only need to look around the streets to see that SUVs are an extremely popular car in this area. This is of concern because diesel creates more pollution than petrol using vehicles. See – http://bit.ly/2nGgOMe
World Health Organisation statistics state that 3-million people die annually die from air pollution related issues & more than 400,000 people die in Europe due to air pollution. (http://bit.ly/2o03PqI)
In 2014 research from Environmental Justice Australia found that 3,000 Australians die prematurely from urban air pollution annually. You can download a pdf of their report here – http://bit.ly/1M0RJoj
With statistics like these & knowing that traffic pollution within a 500-metre radius of a major thoroughfare has been found to
- cause lung disease & impair lung function in both children & adults,
- cause cardiovascular illness,
- cause death (http://bit.ly/1MKStR8)
- increase risk of dementia ( http://bit.ly/2hZ961Q)
- & now increased rates of breast cancer, you would think that getting rid of high pollution vehicles & planting more street trees would be a major priority.