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Child cancer link to pollution

                          A recently conducted study has suggested that exposure to environmental pollution while in the womb might increase a child's risk of cancer. It was suggested that a child born near emission 'hotspots' were more likely to die of cancer before their 16th birthday than others. According to researchers, children born within a 1 km radius of emission 'hotspots' of particular chemicals were two to four times as likely to die of cancer before reaching the age of 16, as other children. Proximity to emissions of 1,3-butadiene and carbon monoxide, which are produced by vehicle exhaust, carried the highest risks. It was noticed that the mothers inhale environmental toxins and pass them to the fetus across the placenta. The risk of a random child having a cancer is about 1 in 1,000. In the 'hotspots' it is 2 to 4 in 1,000 so it's still a low risk.




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