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Diesel truckers at 'increased lung cancer risk' due to exhaust.

Byline: ANI

Beijing, Dec 10 (ANI): Trucking company workers are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer due to regular exposure to diesel exhaust, say researchers.

The research team from University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States).  in Berkeley and Harvard found that drivers and dockworkers have a higher risk of lung cancer due to continuous exposure to diesel exhaust from vehicles on highways, city streets and loading docks.

According to the study published by San Francisco Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young.[2] The paper grew along with San Francisco to become the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the , short-haul drivers were at a greater risk than long haul drivers.

Short-haul drivers, who do pickups and deliveries, including loading and unloading containers at ports and working at freight-delivery companies, had the highest rate of deaths and disease, reports

They leave their windows open are exposed to the exhaust and fresh, newly released particles have a greater potential to cause mutations of DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
 or deoxyribonucleic acid

One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.

While, on the other hand long-haul drivers were at lower risk probably because they are protected when they shut their windows.

The fine particles in the exhaust enter lung tissue, where they can accumulate in the lungs and lymph nodes.

High concentrations can cause respiratory diseases, and people with asthma, heart disease and emphysema emphysema (ĕmfĭsē`mə), pathological or physiological enlargement or overdistention of the air sacs of the lungs. A major cause of pulmonary insufficiency in chronic cigarette smokers, emphysema is a progressive disease that commonly  can worsen if exposed to the exhaust.

Long- term exposure leads to chronic obstructive lung disease Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Definition

Chronic obstructive lung disease, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a general term for a group of conditions in which there is persistent difficulty in expelling (or exhaling) air
 as well as lung cancer.

The researchers analysed 31,135 worker records found a higher rate of lung cancer among these certain categories. (ANI)

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