Exposure to Pollution Increases Your Risk of Cancer

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By Molly Clifton

The air you breathe could affect your lung and heart health.

A study published in "The Lancet Oncology" found that prolonged exposure to even low levels of air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer.

Another study found short-term exposure to most air pollutants raises the risk of hospitalization for and death from heart failure.

Doctors say even small reductions in air pollution could have major benefits for the heart and reduce healthcare costs.

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