Cancer risk found near waste facilities

People living near municipal waste incinerators, scrapyards and vehicle recyclers were more likely than others to die of cancer

People living near municipal waste incinerators, scrapyards and vehicle recyclers were more likely than others to die of cancer, a large study of towns across Spain found.

The research, by scientists at Spain’s National Centre for Epidemiology at the Carlos III Institute of Health in Madrid, looked at cancer deaths within a five-kilometre radius of waste facilities during 1997-2006.1 It covered 163 towns and 91,708 deaths. For similar populations elsewhere in Spain only 85,110 deaths would have been expected.

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