Date: January 5, 2016
A scientific team from Taiwan recently discovered that long-term exposure to
fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) may promote liver cancer through chronic inflammation, according to Academia Sinica Jan. 5.
Conducted by researchers from AS, National Cheng Kung University, National Health Research Institutes, National Taiwan University and National Yang-Ming University, the study was published online Nov. 11, 2015, in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
“This is the first paper in the world to establish the association between liver cancer incidence and tiny particles in the air that are 2.5 microns or less,” said Yang Hwai-i, the paper’s corresponding author and an associate research fellow at AS Genomics Research Center.
“While it is widely known that PM 2.5 contributes to heart and lung diseases, our findings provide more evidence to the health hazards of such pollutants.” [FULL STORY]