12 Jun '12, 6pm

World Health Organisation: Diesel Engine Exhaust Causes Lung Cancer

World Health Organisation: Diesel Engine Exhaust Causes Lung Cancer

Dr Christopher Portier, Chairman of the IARC working Group, stated that “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans .” Dr Portier continued: “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.“ Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Program, indicated that “The main studies that led to this conclusion were in highly exposed workers. However, we have learned from other carcinogens, such as radon, that initial studies showing a risk in heavily exposed occupational groups were followed by positive findings for the general population. Therefore actions to reduce exposures should encompass workers and the general population.” Dr Christopher Wild, Director, IARC, said that “while IARC’s remit is to est...

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