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Effect of Industrial Polluted Areas to the Incidence of Childhood Cancer

Fetuses who inhale large amounts of industrial pollutants with their mothers have a significantly higher risk of cancer after birth than other children.

Author:Frazer Pugh
Reviewer:Dexter Cooke
Apr 10, 2023
Child cancer has been extremely rare in the past. The prevalence of cancer is around 1 in 1,000 girls, but it is as high as 3 or 4 in areas with significant toxic contaminants.
Scholars started to perceive the prevalence of contaminated air as affecting not only those that breathe it but also fetuses that develop in the uterus. In 1973, the first study of the impact of air pollution on birth outcomes in Los Angeles established a correlation between uterine exposure to air pollution and low birth weight. Since then, researchers have uncovered myriad health effects in children tied to the quality of the air their mothers breathed while pregnant, and one of it is childhood cancer.
Scientists at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, studied the data of children who died of cancer on the basis of a diagram marked by chemical pollution. Children who spend 1 km around toxic chemical pollution in their fetuses have a risk of dying from cancer when they live 2 to 4 times the distance 16 kilometers away from the chemical.
Scientists believe that most cancers in children may be caused by high concentrations of chemicals in the period before birth. Among them, fetuses living in carbon monoxide (the product of internal combustion engines) or butadiene (the raw material for the production of synthetic rubber) have the highest risk of cancer.
Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh is a distinguished expert in finance and business, boasting over 6 years of experience. Holding an MBA in Finance from Stanford University, Frazer's credentials underscore his authority and expertise in the field. With a successful track record in executive roles and as a published author of influential articles on financial strategy, his insights are both deep and practical. Beyond his professional life, Frazer is an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures and cuisines. His commitment in delivering trustworthy analysis and actionable advice reflects his dedication to shaping the world of finance and business, making a significant impact through his work.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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