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Environmental pollution linked to cancer in Israel

October 17, 2007

Tel Aviv


Bad news for urban dwellers from Israel’s Ministry of Health: Your exposure to environmental pollutants could lead to cancer.

According to the report, cancer rates in the Haifa area in the 1997-2005 period were 22 percent higher than expected. In Greater Tel Aviv, cancer rates are increasing steadily and in 2005 were 20 percent higher than expected for the size of the population. In the area around Be’er Sheva, the study revealed an increase of between 18 percent and 26 percent in comparison to 2001. The most common cancers in this cluster were cancers of the breast, bladder, colon, lungs, brain and nervous system.

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