Home LATEST NEWS Living near wildfire increases cancer risk, study finds

Living near wildfire increases cancer risk, study finds


The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health (New window)shows that the risk of lung cancer increases by 4.9% and the risk of developing a brain tumor by 10% in a person living near a forest fire.

To arrive at these results, the research team studied 2 million Canadians over a period of 20 years. The research, however, excludes people living in cities with more than 1.5 million inhabitants to limit any potential confusion.

The size of the risk is small, but what is important is the prevalence of the exposures. It’s the fact that many people are touched by this exhibitionexplains assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at McGill University and co-author of the study, Scott Weichenthal.

He explains that the toxic particles emitted by the smoke from forest fires can be found in the air, but also in water, soil and house dust. And since forest fires often occur in the same areas, some residents may be affected multiple times in their lifetime.

Read:  F1 in Abu Dhabi: Giving the public what they want at the expense of regulations

I think we need more research to find out what concentration of pollutants end up in water and soil after a fireemphasizes Scott Weichenthal, however.

The researcher recalls the recommendations of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) which encourages citizens to use an air filter to reduce the number of particles in their homes.

The McGill University study is not the first to look at the impact of smoke generated by wildfires on human health. Last year, a Californian study revealed that the smoke from forest fires is more harmful to health than the fumes from cars.

In 2020, another study determined that the effect of wildfires was almost immediate on the respiratory and cardiovascular system.

Previous articleVladimir Putin does not intend to stop in Donbass, according to American intelligence | War in Ukraine
Next articleTake a 24-hour family screen break