People all over the world may be trying to breathe easier with the help of home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can help clear pollution from an environment. These individuals are helping more than their lungs, however. A recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization, found that air pollution causes cancer.
The IARC reported that air pollution, mostly caused by methods of transportation, is a carcinogen. Exposure to pollution may even be more dangerous than smoking, according to The Associated Press.
"We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths," Kurt Straif, head of the monographs section for the IARC, which ranks carcinogens, told Reuters. "The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances."
In 2010 alone, exposure to pollution was believed to be the cause of 223,000 deaths from lung cancer. It also may have increased the risk for bladder cancer in thousands of individuals, the news source reported.