Toxic fumes breathed in by pregnant women might increase a child's risk of cancer, British research claims.
Scientists from the University Of Birmingham claim offspring of future mothers, who live near motorways or industrial incinerators, were more likely to die of cancer before their 16th birthday than others.
Professor George Knox, emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham, looked at a chemical emissions map for the UK for 2001 and details of children under 16 who had died from leukaemia and other cancers between 1966 and 1980. He suggested that children born within a one kilometre (0.62 miles) radius of emissions hotspots of particular chemicals were two to four times as likely to die of cancer before reaching the age of 16, as other children. (ES/WNWCAN/CM)
The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, January 2005
Source: World Entertainment News Network
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