Researchers at Montreal’s Research Institute of McGill University Health Center found air pollution from motor vehicle traffic may put women at higher risk for breast cancer. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, showed the risk of breast cancer increased by about 25 percent with every increase of nitrogen dioxide of five parts per billion.
The researchers created two air pollution maps showing the level of nitrogen dioxide in different parts of Montreal, and then charted the home addresses of women diagnosed with breast cancer onto the maps.
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McGill University, http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2010/06/c8505.html
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