Overall environment quality plays role in cancer risk: Study

Overall environment quality plays role in cancer risk: Study

Overall quality of the environment in which a person lives is very strongly associated with the risk of cancer, a new study revealed. A team of researchers looked at cancer incidence among as many as 2,700 Americans living in urban, suburban as well as rural counties across the nation. They found that where people live play a crucial role in the risk of cancer.

Jyotsna Jagai, the lead author of the study, stressed that overall environmental quality was found very strongly linked with increased cancer risk. Breast and prostate cancer were most strongly associated with poor air quality.

Jagai said in a statement, “Some of the counties we looked at were very large, with both urban and rural areas in a single county, so to tease apart the interplay between the measures of quality in our five domains and how they impact urban and rural areas, we will need to look at geographic areas smaller than counties.”

The researchers’ conclusion is based on information collected by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCII) between 2006 and 2010.

One in every four deaths in the United States is attributable to the deadly disease of cancer. In 2014, nearly 1,600 people died from cancer each day.

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