A panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says that exhaust fumes from diesel engines can actually cause cancer, BBC reported. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors of the bladder.
The study based its findings on research among high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers. However, the panel said everyone should try to limit their exposure to diesel fumes.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has now labeled exhausts as a definite cause of cancer.
Diesel exhausts are now in the same group as carcinogens ranging from wood chippings to plutonium, and from sunlight to alcohol.
It is thought people working in high-risk industries have about a 40% increased risk of developing lung cancer.
(China.org.cn June 14, 2012)