Serious air pollution, or Wu Mai, as it’s known in Chinese, can greatly affect our health. When we breathe in heavy smog or pollution, it can affect our lungs, nose and throat.
This isn’t a new phenomenon. The London Smog episode in 1952, when extreme air pollution blanketed the city, was linked to 12,000 premature deaths.
The London Smog Episode is an extreme example, but heavy pollution is associated with various sicknesses. In particular, breathing in dense air pollution over an extended period of time can lead to an increased risk of cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer, as well as lung cancer.
In recent years, cities in China, particularly in the northern part of the country, have had to face serious episodes of Wu Mai. This can have a negative effect on the health of those who live in the region.
Air pollution has now been classified as a class I carcinogen by the International Agency of Research on Cancer.
For more information, please visit: http://www.iarc.fr/