Small Reasons to Leave Cities–if Possible

CityTrafficUnfortunately, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for many families to leave cities where their jobs and roots are. But the findings of a study conducted on nearly 4,000 children by the American Association for Cancer Research between 1998 and 2007 may provide the nudge that convinces some families to make a few sacrifices and find greener pastures—or any pastures!

The study was conducted on children listed in the California Cancer Registry who had all been diagnosed with their first cancer before the age of five. The study found strong links to the amount of traffic pollution the child was exposed to during pregnancy and the first year of life. The more traffic pollution the child was exposed to, the higher the risk of lymphoblastic leukemia, retinoblastoma (eyes), and germ cell cancers. The role other pollutants played in the childrens’ cancers was uncertain.

A previous, extensive study published in 2011 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that living in congested, highly-polluted areas raised the cancer risk for all ages by twenty percent.

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