According to a new research, wood burning stoves and fireplaces could pose a higher health cancer risk. The study involved 50,000 women and they found that a significant correlation between frequent use of wood-burning stoves and an increased lung cancer risk.
In the study, they discovered that women who use these wood-burning stoves on a regular basis have 43% higher chances of developing lung cancer in comparison to those who do not use it. The team of US researchers used data collected as a part of the Sister Study involving women whose sisters have had breast cancer. The participants in the study were asked whether they use wood-burning stoves or have fireplace at their home and the usage frequency. This Sister Study was done to better undertand genetic and environmental risk factors for health issues.
The researchers of the study found higher risk of lung cancer with use of indoor wood-burning stoves in participants’ homes and these include non-smoking women as well. In the study, it was found that people who used their wood burner for over 30 days a year had 68% increased risk of lung cancer when compared with people who didn’t use indoor Wood burner. Also, gas propane and artificial logs used as fuel sources were associated with higher Incidence of lung cancer as well.
Burning wood indoor in stoves or fireplaces emit particulate matter and harmful gases like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds and this poses significant health risks. By burning wood, it releases tiny particles that penetrative deep into the lungs and even enter the bloodstream as well. This results in exacerbating respiratory issues including asthma and other long-term health issues as well like lung cancer and heart disease.
The study was published in the Journal Environment International.
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