Today, we take a look at how outdoor air pollution is responsible for increasing rate of lung cancer among people. Though the increase in risk of cancer is small but when everyone is exposed to air pollution, it has a much bigger effect. The major cause of lung cancer remains the long term use of tobacco or cigarettes and second being the combination of genetic factors, exposure to radon gas and the increasing pollution levels.
Air Pollution and Lung Cancer
Various evidences show that the particle pollution in the air can cause lung cancer. This is the air coming from vehicle exhaust, coal fired power plants and other industrial sources. This pollution can interfere with the growth and function of lungs. The polluted air is responsible for making changes in the DNA and this may set higher risk for the disease. The more pollution one breaths in, the greater is the chance of getting lung cancer.
Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollution can also be the reason for second-hand smoke. It can have many sources such as fuels used to heat homes, cook with as well as tobacco smoke. This second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer. Smoking inside also increases exposure for others in your home. Quit smoking for the benefits of your health as well as theirs.
What can I do?
You should check the air quality index forecast and limit your activities when the pollution levels are high. As individuals, we can limit our contributions to local pollution sources by not burning wood and not idling vehicles especially the ones with diesel engines. The local bodies are also working to reduce the level of pollution in the air we breathe.
Air pollution is already known for increasing risk for other diseases such as respiratory and heart diseases.
How are you contributing towards reducing the levels of air pollution? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.