Growing Up Near Traffic Boosts Kids' Cancer Risk
Study indicates that kids suffer from living near exhaust
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
Growing up near traffic might have health consequences.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Living near traffic may be even worse for kids than previously believed, a new study suggests. California researchers ranked parts of the state based on their exhaust-related pollution, studied their populations, and found that kids from the more polluted areas were at a greater risk for certain childhood cancers, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the LA Times reports.

While the cancers studied are all fairly rare, and the risk low, the bump is significant, with risk rising as much as 17% for one type of cancer. The researchers stressed, however, that their results are still preliminary. Previous research has linked traffic-related pollution to asthma and allergies as well.

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fractal
Apr 10, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
We knew this in the seventies. We also knew about lead contamination, but did a quick fix, instead of really tackling the problem. Same with the military, who is still dumping enormous amounts of crap into the ocean, that they don't even have to report. Lets face it, no one really gives a shit, unless it is their own kid. There are too many people on the planet, and secretly we consider each other quite expendable. And we do not have the brains to fix long term problems as a species---we are "claws in your face" specialists. It will be our downfall.
right2dave
Apr 10, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
Getting hit by cars can be unhealthy!
crackalacka
Apr 10, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
Constant daily inhalation of concentrated car exhaust is.. (drum-roll) ..not good. Got it.