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Diesel exhaust fumes cause cancer, WHO says

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 12, 2012

Christopher Portier, chairman of the IARC working Group, said the group’s conclusion “was unanimous – that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans”.

LONDON (Reuters) –  June 12, 2012

Diesel engine exhaust fumes cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.

The experts, who said their findings were unanimous and based on “compelling” scientific evidence, urged people across the world to reduce their exposure to diesel fumes wherever possible.

In an announcement likely to cause consternation among car and truck makers, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s cancer department, reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer.

“The (expert) working group found that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer,” it said in a statement.

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