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Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer, says World Health Organization

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Following a week-long meeting of international experts, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) cancer panel has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic or cancer-causing to humans, more than 20 years after it was classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans".

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) told the press on Tuesday that it had based its decision on "sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer".

The new decision follows an IARC Monographs Meeting that took place from 5 to 12 June in Lyon, France, and places diesel engine exhaust in Group 1, alongside more than 100 other agents such as tobacco products, asbestos, benzene, UV rays and secondhand smoke."

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