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Link between air pollution and cancer in Bootle is rejected by health expert

CLAIMS that air pollution in parts of Merseyside has caused an increase in cancer cases were rejected.

Residents voiced their concerns of “cancer clusters” in Bootle and Litherland last year.

Questions were raised over the link between air pollution and levels of small cell lung cancer.

Sefton’s public health director Janet Atherton was asked to investigate the matter.

In her report, she said: “It is reported that between 80% and 90% of lung cancer is associated with smoking.

“While outdoor air pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, it is estimated that fewer than 5% of lung cancers are due to air pollution.

“The higher levels of lung cancer in the wards reflect the overall poorer health experienced in these wards when compared to other areas.”

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