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Air pollution may be linked to oral cancer

According to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, high levels of air pollutants, fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and the ozone, may be linked to a higher risk of mouth cancer.

Taiwanese researchers have made the link by cross-checking health records in 2012-13 with local area readings of air pollutant levels measured in 2009 at 66 air quality monitoring stations across Taiwan.

While smoking a betel chewing were significantly associated with the risk of a mouth cancer diagnosis, so were high levels of PM2.5.

Read the full study here