Lung Cancer Link to Living Near Heavy Industry Lung cancer from living near industry 28.09.2006 Living close to heavy industry may increase the risk of lung cancer, according to a study published today. A total of 204 women under the age of 80 with primary lung cancer were compared with 339 healthy women in Teesside, north-east England. Rates of lung cancer are high in the area where heavy industry expanded rapidly throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and where there is common deprivation and poverty, the study noted. By 1945, Billingham on Teesside was the largest single chemical production complex in the world, and houses for the workforce were built as close as possible to the industrial sites. All the study participants were interviewed at length about their lives, including histories of where they had lived, their jobs, smoking habits, and exposure to second-hand smoke. The distance of homes from heavy industry sites were also measured: less than 5km (3.1 miles) away (zone A); 5 to 10km (6.2 miles) away (zone B); and more than 10km away (zone C). The women had all lived in the area for an average of more than 55 years.Risk of lung cancer increases when living near industry zoneAfter taking into account smoking and other factors likely to influence the results, the data showed that women who had lived in zone A for more than 25 years were almost twice as likely to develop lung cancer as those who had not lived there. The authors, including a team from the University of Newcastle, said the incidence of lung cancer among women was high in the area and previous research has implicated industrial pollution as a possible cause. They said their findings supported other research that suggests a higher risk of lung cancer through living for a long time close to heavy industry. "The effect of air pollution on the incidence of lung cancer merits continued study," they added.If you or someone you know has been affected by lung cancer as a result of living near, or working in industry. Fill in our online claims form for free legal advice. Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 17.07.2018Mother Seeks Answers After Baby Is Left ‘In Agony’ Allegedly After Drinking Aptamil Formula 16.07.2018Family Speak Out After Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident Is Sentenced 16.07.2018Parents Of Bradford Man Who Committed Suicide ‘After NHS Trust Failings’ Demand Mental Health Improvements 16.07.2018Leeds Sets Employment Growth Standard In Q1 2018 16.07.2018Wimbledon Champion Alfie Hewett Becomes Irwin Mitchell’s Superhero Tri Team Captain 16.07.2018Manchester 'Enjoyed Employment Boost At Start Of 2018'