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A new report reveals pollution is linked to 10% of cancer cases in Europe

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According to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, pollution is responsible for more than 10% of cancer cases in Europe.

Every year, 2.7 million people in the European Union are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it.

Despite having less than 10% of the world’s population, Europe accounts for nearly a quarter of new cancer cases and a fifth of cancer deaths.

According to the EEA’s report, air pollution is responsible for approximately 1% of all cancer cases in Europe and approximately 2% of all cancer deaths.

According to EEA expert Gerardo Sanchez, the report, the agency’s first on the link between cancer and the environment, emphasizes that “all environmental and occupational cancer risks can be reduced.”

While UV radiation may be responsible for up to 4% of all cancer cases in Europe, indoor radon exposure is linked to 2% of all cancer cases and one in every ten lung cancer cases on the continent.

The agency warned that some chemicals used in European workplaces contribute to cancer, and that second-hand smoke exposure may increase the overall risk for all cancers by up to 16% for people who have never smoked.

Asbestos, a well-known carcinogen that was banned by the EU in 2005, is still present in some buildings and is estimated to be responsible for 55 to 88% of occupational lung cancers.

“Environmental and occupational cancer risks can be reduced by reducing pollution and changing behaviors,” according to the agency.

“Reducing these risks will result in a decrease in the number of cancer cases and deaths,” it added.

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