WHO: diesel fumes cause cancer
The World Health Organization (WHO) just confirmed what the scientific community had been claiming for quite some time: diesel fumes cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported findings that prove a connection between lung cancer and exhaust from diesel engines; the study also revealed a ‘positive association’ between these fumes and bladder cancer..
According to IARC study leader, Dr. Christopher Portier, the experts’ decision to shift the exhaust fumes from ‘probable carcinogen’ to ‘carcinogen’ was unanimous. “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide,” he said.
Experts say the announcement should raise awareness but not cause panic.