28/06/2014

Inquinamento atmosferico e rischio di carcinoma polmonare

The public health implications of our study might be more obvious than the clinical implications, but at least one clinical aspect should be mentioned. I guess that doctors in the clinic are sometimes approached by patients being anxious about the risk of lung cancer when living/walking/cycling, …. in areas with high levels of air pollution, e.g. streets with dense traffic. I believe that an important implication of the study is to make clear to such anxious patients the risk proportions, i.e. that the risk for lung cancer in association with ambient air pollution is much, much lower than the risk in association with active smoking. The risk in association with air pollution is more comparable with the risk in association with passive smoking.”.
(Commentary on: 
Raaschou-Nielsen O et al.: "Air pollution and lung cancer incidence in 17 European cohorts: prospective analyses from the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE)", Lancet Oncol. 2013 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print])

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