This article was published by SciDev.Net on May 4, 2016.
Nepalis who have never smoked are among those facing an increased risk of lung cancer due to common household air pollutants, says a new study.
Women and children are particularly vulnerable to long-term exposure to household air pollution, say researchers from the University of Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Utah School of Medicine and Nepal’s B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital who were involved in the study.
Due to be published this month (May) in Environmental Research, the study investigated the association between exposure to household air pollutants created by burning biomass fuels — such as wood, charcoal, crop residue and dung — and lung cancer risk.