Exposure to diesel engine exhaust increases risk of lung cancer

According to the World Health Organization
Jun 14, 2012

It's official: Not only are diesel exhaust fumes harmful to the environment, it's also bad for your health as evidence gathered by the World Health Organization reveals that exposure to diesel emissions "is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer."

Based on the data gathered and reviewed by the working group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the WHO, there is proof that diesel exhaust is carcinogenic to humans. Besides finding sufficient evidence that diesel exhaust can cause lung cancer, there is also limited evidence that it increases the risk of contracting bladder cancer.

In 1989, the working group concluded that gasoline exhaust was possibly carcinogenic to humans, a finding it hasn't changed since then.

"The scientific evidence was compelling and the working group’s conclusion was unanimous: Diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans," said Dr. Christopher Portier, chairman of the IARC working group. "Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide."

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