Since January 1, 2024, 8 days of particle air pollution have been recorded in our region, each time with prevention messages. Butair pollutants not only have immediate effects on our respiratory or cardiovascular functions in the event of a pollution peak. Air pollution, as a mixture, and fine particles are recognized as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, for lung cancer.
Suspicions are growing over links between these air pollutants and breast cancerthanks to studies carried out on a French cohort of more than 100,000 women by researchers from the Environment and Cancer Department of the Léon-Bérard Center, in Lyon.
This department is headed by Professor Béatrice Fervers. She will be the guest of a “Face the readers” of Le Progrès, on Thursday February 22, 2024, at 6 p.m., in the premises of Le Progrès, 4 rue Montrochet, Lyon 2nd. To come and ask him questions about air pollution and breast cancer, simply register using the form below.
1952: the “Great Smog” kills 12,000 Londoners
The idea that air pollution is dangerous for health is not recent since the first publication mentioning a link between pollution and lung cancer dates from the 1920s. But it was in December 1952, with the episode of the “Great Smog” of London that the population became aware of the danger.
This thick fog, composed mainly of fine particles and sulfur dioxide from coal combustion, was the cause not of 4,000 deaths as estimated at the time but of at least 12,000 deaths, according to a recent remodeling.