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World Health Organization Says Air Pollution Causes Cancer

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer says “air pollution is a now officially a carcinogen. The more people expose themselves to fine particles and other pollutants in the air, the higher their risk of developing lung and bladder cancers.” Air pollution caused about 223,000 deaths from lung cancer globally in 2010 and also increases heart attack risk. The WHO ranks air pollution with more than 100 other known cancer-causing substances including asbestos, plutonium, silica dust, ultraviolet radiation, tobacco smoke and even outdoor dusts. The main sources of pollution are transportation, industrial and agricultural emissions, power plants, and residential heating, air conditioning and cooking.

October 27th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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