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Air Pollution & Cancer. How Can They Be Connected?

Updated on July 11, 2020
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I’ve seen enough people dying because of cancer. One very close person to me died during quarantine. I wanted to do something special.

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What is cancer?

Cancer is when the abnormal cells in your body grow and divide uncontrollably. By diving into two cells it multiplies the cells in your body. The abnormal cells are old cells that instead of dying grow faster into your body. Cancer normally develops when the body's mechanism stops working. It kills by invading the main organs and interfering with body functions. Untreated cancer is one that commonly causes death. There is currently no cure for cancer. However, some treatments can cause cancer to go into remission. Remission means that all the signs of the cancer are completely gone. There is also something called a tumor, that comes from those extra cells that form a mass of tissue on solid organs. Over 100 types of cancer are known to affect humans. Air pollution can cause liver cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic, cancer, and lung cancer. says that these 4 types are responsible for nearly 50% of all deaths. In the pictures above you can see where liver, breast, pancreatic, and lung cancer development in your body. In the hospitals, they give you different flakes of different colors so that they know what type of cancer do you have.

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What is air pollution?

Is simple words air pollution is a type of environmental pollution that affects the air. Air pollution means the presence of chemicals or compounds in the air which have a poisonous effect. Changing the quality of life and quality of air particles. Air pollution can be caused by solid and liquid particles plus certain gases. Around 7 million people die every year because of air pollution. They can die from a different disease from which different types of cancer.

How can air pollution cause cancer?

You may ask yourself how air contamination and cancer can be connected. In this section, you may locate a clarification between the two content. Open-air contamination is a mix of substances and residue particles that can be both man-made or natural. PM10 and PM2.5 are the riskiest particles. 10 and 2.5 stay for their size in centimeter, PM2.5 is the littlest molecule noticeable all around that you will never notice to have. They are known to be the most dangerous particles since researchers discovered that they can cause lung cancer. Scientists say that at the beginning it was hard finding out what caused cancer to damage our DNA. Now a study in Hong Kong found out the answer to this mysterious question. Air pollution might spark defects in DNA repair function, alteration in the body's immune responses, and growth of new blood vessels that cause tumors to spread. Air pollution doesn't just cause cancer but multiply sicknesses. From simple cold to a more dangerous one such as cancer.

How can we get contaminated by air pollution?

We have had air pollution in our lives for years. But normal people like me can't even imagine how dangerous it is to get contaminated and how we get each day contaminated just by walking. Here is how it works. Let’s say you work or live next to the industry. In that part of the city, you go shopping, working, walking your dog or just biking. Meanwhile, as you walk, the pollution gets into different parts of your body. The image below shows that the small particles can get into your hair, your clothes, and your shoes. Human hair is long 50-70 cm. The most dangerous particles of the hair are instead 10 cm (the bigger one) and just 2.5 cm (the smaller one). They are called the more dangerous particles because they are the ones that you will never notice because of their size.

World data

Around 10 million people die every year because of cancer. It seems like cures works often but that doesn't help to cure cancer completely. People may be fighting against cancer from years and other people may die not knowing they even got cancer. Even, some people may die just because they can't pay the cures. Air pollution can cause especially liver cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer.

America Cancer Death= 606,880

America Coronavirus Death=124.000

How smoking effects your body

Smoking is a difficult issue to comprehend. One Consumer uses like 13 cigarettes per day. It's insane that only an individual can use such a large number of cigarettes only for his "enthusiasm" or because he is stressed. According to some individuals, cigarettes are for the most part an alleviation to an awful moment in life. In any case, why are individuals pushed, and for what reason do they have to smoke? I am stressed some times in the day but I hate smoking, not just the fact of smoking but the smoke that it release. The smoke that cigarettes release and the substances inside a cigarette ruin your body and can cause cancer. There are also uncivilized people that ruin the environment by throwing the cigarettes on the ground were uses years to consume. This problem can be just solved by you, YOU, and you.

What contains a cigarette?

According to some resources around 7000 thousand chemicals are known to be cigarettes and 250 are the harmful ones. Some of these chemicals are benzene; Ammonia; Hydrogen cyanide; Non-nicotine alkaloids; nicotine; Aromatic metals; Tobacco nitrosamines; Nitrogen oxides and way more. Let's just take for example ammonia. it's in cigarettes and also used when cleaning the house. If you check on the bottle it says not drinkable/eatable because is toxic why that should they put it in cigarettes. This is just an example showing what substances get in your body just by smoking one cigarette for more info you can go check the link below.

Is there any prevention?

Yes, there are both preventions of cancer and air pollution.


— Smoke-free

— Be active.

— less salt and alcohol assumption

— healthy weight and diet

— be SunSmart

Air Pollution:

— Renewable energy

— recycle

— go to work with a bike instead of a car (green car)

Recycle- compost bin

Recycle is simpler than you may aspect. A useful method helpful for both recycling and earth are the compost bin. Compost bin decomposed the organic material that you put in and at the same time, it also fertilizes your plants by not using any chemical fertilizers. You get two things in one, why not try it. Compost in the compost bin is really simple you can put any time of organic resources like vegetable and fruit waste, tea bags, grass and flowers cutting, towels, eggshells, and boxes. Is really simple to make by hand, I tried once but is complicated to get all the part needed. That's why you can also buy it at a great price also on amazon.

Outdoor Compost Bin

Compost Bin by GEOBIN - 216 Gallon, Expandable, Easy Assembly
Compost Bin by GEOBIN - 216 Gallon, Expandable, Easy Assembly
Large capacity—expandable to 4 feet (216 gallons) Easy to assemble with closure keys. Easy to move. Easy to reassemble. Made from 50% recycled plastic content. The best value composting bin on the market. Excellent ventilation.

Sunsmart- Sun Cream

You may think is stupid that suncream is important to put but is actually not. Sun when hits your not-protected body can cause skin cancer. If you put sun cream is harder to get it instead because cream protects your skin and your neo's. Sun cream is everywhere. Sun cream divides in 5 different solutions, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. These numbers represents the quantity of how your body needs to be protected. You can use which one you prefer. If you have darker skin is better to put 20 and if you have lighter skin is probably better to put 40 or 30. Is your choice.

Sun Cream

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 100+, 3 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 100+, 3 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
3-fluid ounce bottles of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Non-Greasy Sunscreen with SPF 100+ that helps defend against the signs of sun and decrease the risk of skin cancer when used as directed This lightweight sunscreen is fast-absorbing with Dry-Touch technology for a non-greasy, matte finish and is formulated with Helioplex for superior sun protection for your skin From the #1 dermatologist-recommended suncare brand, this sunscreen is also available in both spray and stick form and can be used at the pool or in the ocean for up to 80 minutes of water-resistance Sunscreen lotion formula uses Avobenzone for optimal broad-spectrum protection from skin-aging UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays for both your body and face Both PABA-free and non-comedogenic, this lightweight sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and provides powerful face and body sun protection without the heavy finish

Personal Opinion

I think cancer it's so sad but real. If we compare it to coronavirus, cancer has killed double the person that coronavirus has done from December. I think that we should count cancer as the worst problem than coronavirus. Just making sure I am not saying that coronavirus is not a problem, because right now it is killing so many lives and disrupting families too. But we are trying to prevent coronavirus to spread again instead of cancer we did nothing. Doctors and scientists can't find a specific cure but I want to thank each people that try to find those cures needed. And encourage people who are still trying to fight to still keep the fight for their lives. Below you can find comparison between the two deaths.

Let’s hope this problem is going to be solved in less time than expected. Let’s save our planet for our future generation.

"Humans and earth should come together to find a solution to this disaster that can be solved just by working together. Save the planet we love."

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