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Study Links Cancer And Distance From Benzene Emissions

July 31, 2013
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p>Researchers in Georgia in the United States have found that the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma fell with every mile between a person’s home and factories that release the chemical benzene. Lead author Dr Christopher Flowers from the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta said; “It would suggest even with moderate changes in distance that there can be large changes in the decrease in non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

The risk of developing the cancer that grows out of the bodies immune system has risen by between three and four percent a year in the USA since the 1970s. The study compared data from the Georgia state cancer registry and information on chemical release sites from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Dr Flowers however warned that further work needs to be done to rule out the influence of other chemicals.

Published in the online journal Cancer the research builds on other studies which have shown similar associations as Martyn Smith Professor of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley pointed out; ?Given the fact that there are numerous other studies in other countries It’s a further piece of important evidence supporting a link between benzene exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma,”

The full research paper can be accessed at: bit.ly/16uRev9