Apparently, the rapidly deteriorating and increasingly polluted environment is causing so much more dilemmas than just rising sea levels, biodiversity loss, and changing weather patterns. Exposure to pollutants has also largely contributed to the snowballing number of cases of cancer and most probably, many other dreaded diseases. Here’s an article from UIC News Center for more details:
Nationwide, counties with the poorest quality across five domains – air, water, land, the built environment and sociodemographic – had the highest incidence of cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer.
Poor air quality and factors of the built environment — such as the presence of major highways and the availability of public transit and housing – – were the most strongly associated with high cancer rates, while water quality and land pollution had no measurable effect.
The findings may help reduce cancer by driving policy to lower pollution in areas with high cancer rates linked to the environment.
Previous research has shown that genetics can be blamed for only about half of all cancers, suggesting that exposure to environmental toxins or socioeconomic factors may also play a role.
“Most research has focused on single environmental factors like air pollution or toxins in water,” said Jyotsna Jagai, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and lead author of the study. “But these single factors don’t paint a comprehensive picture of what a person is exposed to in their environment — and may not be as helpful in predicting cancer risk, which is impacted by multiple factors including the air you breathe, the water you drink, the neighborhood you live in, and your exposure to myriad toxins, chemicals and pollutants.”
Read the full report HERE.