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Toxic air increasing cancer risk

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2015

Toxic air pollutants even a trace amount heighten the risk of childhood cancer, according to cancer specialists, who say that the overall incidence of childhood cancer in India is reported to be over a lakh of new cases per year.“About 1.6 to 4.8 per cent of all cancers in India is seen in children below 15 years. Cancers in children are believed to result from an interaction between genetic and environmental factors. Though the precise causes leading to development of cancers in children are unknown, one of the leading factors is the external environment that is exposure to chemicals like benzene, toluene, pesticides and solvents, and also exposure to ionising radiation,’’ said Anupam Sachdeva, director, Paediatric Hematology Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Institute For Child Health, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

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