After almost 30 years of study and research, the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has classified diesel exhaust as a carcinogen since 2012. Cancer can be caused by the particles of hydrocarbons and soot found in such fumes. It can lead to lung cancer and bladder cancer, as well. People with the most risk of exposure include those working in the railroad industry, miners, and truck drivers.
What’s In It?
Such fuel is a complex mixture of soot and gases. Among the gases that could cause or are known to cause cancers is benzene, arsenic, and formaldehyde, all of which are known to cause cancers.
How Do You Become Exposed?
The microscopic soot particles and gases from such fumes become suspended in the air. When you breathe in the air that contains the pollutants, you become exposed. Exposure is higher for those who drive or regularly work around such fumes because the chances of breathing them in become higher. Almost anyone who sits in traffic is exposed, though it is minor. People who work in or around trains and trucks have a greater chance of becoming exposed and getting sick.
How It Affects Your Health
While the particles and soot are smaller than 20 percent of a human hair diameter, the particles can go deep into the lungs and cause a variety of health problems. Irritation of the lungs, throat, eyes, and nose can also happen. Studies have shown that long-term exposure can cause cancer, so if you are worried that you may have developed such an illness, you may want to consult with a lawyer.
Diesel exhaust cancer is a new and dangerous reality for many who have driven trucks or worked in mines. Visit Diesel Injury Law today to learn more and see if you have a case.
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