Yvonne Carts-Powell

After 20 years, the Diesel Lung Cancer study is published

In Science, technology on March 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

Truck spewing dark smoke

by Zakysant at the German Wikipedia, see http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Air-pollution.JPG

Maybe we didn’t need a study to believe that breathing exhaust fumes is bad for us. But the mining industry fought hard to keep from publication two studies that quantify just how bad it is.

“After 20 years of research and almost as many years fighting industry groups in court for control of their data, government scientists can finally publish two papers showing that underground miners exposed to diesel fumes have a threefold increased risk for contracting lung cancer. The study could have a significant impact on an upcoming review of federal and international safety regulations for exposure to diesel fumes.” — Sam Kean, Daylight at Last for Study of Diesel Lung Cancer Risks in – ScienceInsider.

Summaries of the publications are at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) webpage: Heavy exposure to diesel exhaust linked to lung cancer death in miners and Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study: Questions & Answers.

The papers are available online as PDFs:
The Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study: A Nested Case–Control Study of Lung Cancer and Diesel Exhaust

The Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study: A Cohort Mortality Study With Emphasis on Lung Cancer


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