Role of atmospheric pollution on the development of cancer
Posted On December 20, 2022
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We know that pollution and other things in the air increase the risk of health problems like heart disease, lung infections, and cancer. Toxicants in these pollutants can cause damage to the cells in the body by altering their DNA, which disrupts the genetic code that directs cell growth and development. Atmospheric discharges and atmospheric pollutants can cause additional damage to the body’s cells. These include; Carcinogenic effects: Some dangerous chemicals in air pollution, like benzene and acetone, can change how DNA works in living cells. This causes mutations in human DNA. Mutations may lead to cancer. When high amounts of aldehydes, formaldehyde, or benzol-a-pyrene are released into waterways or the air, they can also cause cancer. For example, when aldehydes are released into water, they react with other compounds in the water to make formaldehyde, which is probably a human carcinogen. Benzol-a-pyrene is a chemical that is found in nature and is given off when fuel is burned in cars, power plants, etc. It is thought to cause cancer in humans. Genotoxic effects: Genotoxic effects happen when toxic substances change genes so much that they can’t be fixed again, even after they’ve been repaired or replaced by new ones during normal cell division. This can cause genetic mutations and, ultimately, cancer.
Ways of assessing cancer risk due to Atmospheric pollution
An essential part of figuring out how dangerous air contaminants might hurt your health is figuring out your cancer risk. Assessing cancer risks is complex, challenging, and often controversial. Cancer is a complex, multi-etiology disease usually caused by a complex interplay of genetic predisposition, environmental exposures, and lifestyle choices. Taking care of the cancer risk caused by one risk factor isn’t always enough to take care of the full range of cancer risks caused by a single source. Cancer risk is a function of the type and amount of cancer-causing agent(s) found in an exposure, the route of exposure, and the extent of exposure. The risk of cancer from any one source is usually a combination of the cancer-causing substances in the source, the amount of exposure, and how the person is exposed (for example, by breathing in or eating).
How does atmospheric pollution develop?
Various sources, such as factories, cars, power plants, and other equipment, create air pollutants. These sources release chemicals into the air that may harm people and the environment. When air pollutants enter the air we breathe, they cause damage to our bodies and the environment. Air pollutants can damage plants, animals, water supplies, and buildings. Some of the air pollutants can harm human health and may cause different types of diseases. Atmospheric pollutants are harmful because there are toxic chemicals in them. These pollutants can cause damage to the DNA in living cells, which can lead to cancer.
Cancer by type and risk from atmospheric discharges
There are over 200 types of cancer. These cancers form when cells in the body begin to grow out of control and may grow into other types of cells, either normal or abnormal. Some cancers are linked to genetic mutations, while harmful environmental substances cause others. Risks of cancer from Aptmopheric discharges vary depending on the type of cancer and the country of residence. For example, in the US, the risk of getting various cancers is significantly higher among people exposed to high levels of benzene in their air.
Cancer by site and risk from atmospheric discharges
Cancer can happen anywhere in the body, but it most often affects the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, blood, and lymphatic system. The risk from atmospheric discharges involves several air pollutants such as benzene, cumene, and acetone that can alter the functioning of DNA in living cells, which causes mutations in human DNA. Mutations may lead to cancer. Genotoxic effects are usually caused by aldehydes, formaldehyde, or benzo-a-pyrene, suspected human carcinogens.
Atmospheric discharges and atmospheric contaminants contribute to increased risk of various ailments such as heart disease, respiratory infections, and cancer. Toxicants in these pollutants can cause damage to the cells in the body by altering their DNA, which disrupts the genetic code that directs cell growth and development. Atmospheric discharges and atmospheric pollutants can cause different types of damage to the body’s cells. These include; carcinogenic effects, genotoxic effects, and toxic effects. Cancer risk assessment methods are complex and challenging to implement. While it is important to understand how these pollutants develop, it is equally important to understand the types of damage they can cause to human health. Understanding these factors will help prevent cancer development among the population.
Dr. Ronald Bissell is a retired surgeon, author of 6 books on Personal and Spiritual Growth, writer of numerous articles and facilitator of workshops. He has been giving talks to help people with life-threatening diseases for the past 10 years. After three years of chemotherapy he recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat Multiple Myeloma. His work now involves helping others with life-threatening diseases as well as teaching people how to live their best lives without fear or anxiety.