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Traffic exposure and cancer.

The Question: Does living near road traffic increase the risk of childhood cancer?

The Study: This meta-analysis looked at two types of studies: nine studies that looked at children that lived near heavily trafficked roads and cancer incidence, and four studies that looked at prenatal exposure to a home near heavily trafficked roads and cancer incidence.

The Results: The risk of childhood leukemia was 1.5 times greater for children living near heavily trafficked roads during their neonatal period. There was no increased risk for children living in those areas during their prenatal period.

Comment: This study supports previous studies finding increase risk of asthma and other health problems from living near heavily trafficked roads.

Read More: American Journal of Public Health, 04/14

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Date:Sep 1, 2013
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