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Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Linked to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

September 14, 2004

A 30-year Finnish study published recently in the International Journal of Cancer concluded that a direct correlation exists between exposure to diesel exhaust and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.The study tracked Finns who received occupational exposure to diesel exhaust and found that individuals with the highest level of cumulative exposure (CE) were 3.5 times more likely to suffer from ovarian cancer than individuals with the lowest CE level. While an increased risk of other types of cancer was present in the study’s subjects, the risk did not increase with increased CE. Studies have strongly linked diesel emissions to lung cancer, but none have reported similarly strong links to other forms of cancer.
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