Particle Pollution and Lung Cancer

Is there a connection between lung cancer and outdoor air pollution, or particle pollution?  We are aware of the connection between cigarettes, smoking and lung cancer, but did you know air pollution is also a risk factor?  There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the air we breathe, that comes from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, can cause lung cancer.

Cancer Registrars have the data and medical information at their fingertips to study this in more detail and in relationship to their population and geographic area(s).  If your hospital is currently starting up, or already providing, a lung cancer screening program than you may want to consider using this information as one of your CoC-required studies this year.

Here is a list of just some of the resources you can use for your own analysis:

The Connection Between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution,” CURE Magazine, published July 21, 2016.

Particle Pollution,” American Lung Association.  Website includes resources and a primer on particle pollution with graphic illustrations.

Lung Cancer,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.  Extensive statistical and informational data and resources.  Data can be used to benchmarking and comparative analysis.

State of the Air: 2016,” American Lung Association webpage with statistical and detailed information regarding the air and particle pollution in your geographic area.  You can compare the air you breathe in your location with others across the country.

National and State Cancer Registries, databases and resources.  Fantastic website that has a compilation of resources on national and state-specific cancer statistics such as incidence, mortality and prevalence of certain risk factors.  You will want to bookmark this site for future reference!

Here is a short list of other videos you can watch on the subject of particle pollution:

Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Lung Cancer,” American Cancer Society on the World Health Organization study

Air Pollutants,” National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Cancer Registrar’s are capable, well trained healthcare professionals that have the clinical, statistical and demographic data at their fingertips!  Registrars can, and should, be using this information to look at risk factors and outcomes associated with lung cancer such as described above!  If you are a healthcare professional, physician, nurse or administrator looking to understand what is happening in your community with air pollution and lung cancer, contact your cancer registrar today!


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