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A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has revealed that over 10% of all cancer cases in Europe are caused by exposure to pollution.
The report, titled ‘Beating Cancer – the role of Europe’s environment’ is based on scientific research from across the continent. Its conclusions add to the growing concerns about the serious impact pollution can have on your health. Deaths from air pollution alone are estimated to kill around 7 million people globally per year, with up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.
The EEA’s report looked at different types of pollution to reach its findings. When considering cancer cases caused by exposure to pollution it found that:
Attempts are being made to reduce and prevent pollution for both environmental and health reasons across the world. The EEA’s report suggests that Europe’s ‘Zero Pollution Action Plan’ will cut the number of pollution deaths.
In Britain, a new clean air law was recently proposed in Parliament. It’s been named ‘Ella’s law’ after 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, whose 2013 death from asthma was found to be connected to air pollution. The law would establish a legal right to clean air.
Phillip Gower is a specialist lawyer from our Cardiff team. He specialises in helping people affected by respiratory diseases, particularly those caused by exposure to asbestos, and says:
“This report makes for highly concerning reading. Air pollution is a major environmental risk affecting people’s health throughout the world and is a known cause of cancer, in particular lung cancer. With global leaders now promising to tackle the climate crisis and protect the planet’s health, now is the time for greater action to tackle air pollution once and for all. The steps proposed in the report, as well as ‘Ella’s law’, will go some way to ensure that people are better protected against pollution, and I hope to see them implemented fully.”
If you or a family member is suffering from a respiratory condition, cancer, or other illness that you think may have been caused by exposure to pollution, whether at work or elsewhere, Novum Law’s specialist team might be able to help on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.
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