A new study published in Thorax suggests that exposure to poor air quality could have an affect on the survival rate of lung cancer patients. The population-based study observed over 352,000 patients with a recent diagnosis of lung cancer and their exposure to air pollution. Particularly, researchers were concerned with patients exposed to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM10) but greater than 2.5 micros (PM2.5).
More importantly, researchers found that patients exposed to poor air quality had a shorter survival rate. The study suggested that poor air quality increased their risk of death roughly 38%.
Although the study is not conclusive, it suggests that patients with lung cancer should be concerned with air quality. Patients need to pay attention to their local air quality reports.
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If you are affected by poor air quality you should consult an Asthma and Allergy specialist. The Baz Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center has 15 offices throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area to help patients treat allergies and manage asthma. Our allergists are expert in helping patients who suffer due to specific issues related to California’s air quality. Contact or office today at 559-436-4500 to schedule your appointment.