Air pollution: a potentially modifiable risk factor for lung cancer

Nat Rev Cancer. 2013 Sep;13(9):674-8. doi: 10.1038/nrc3572. Epub 2013 Aug 8.


Economic growth and increased urbanization pose a new risk for cancer development: the exposure of high numbers of people to ambient air pollution. Epidemiological evidence that links air pollution to mortality from lung cancer is robust. An ability to produce high-quality scientific research that addresses these risks and the ability of local health authorities to understand and respond to these risks are basic requirements to solve the conflict between economic development and the preservation of human health. However, this is currently far from being achieved. Thus, this Science and Society article addresses the possibilities of expanding scientific networking to increase awareness of the risk of lung cancer that is promoted by air pollution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollution / economics
  • Air Pollution / prevention & control
  • Biomedical Research
  • Economic Development
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Particulate Matter / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors


  • Air Pollutants
  • Particulate Matter