Cinnaminson, NJ, September 3rd, 2014
There are numerous airborne pollutants that are known to cause lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.
The agency states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The CDC also reports that the second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings.
People can also be exposed to substances and chemical compounds at work that could increase their chances of developing lung or other types of cancer. There are many known workplace carcinogens that may be present in dusts or fumes, including, but by no means limited to: asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, formaldehyde and some forms of silica and chromium. Some of these same hazardous substances may also be present in people’s homes and communities. For example, asbestos and radon can be found in some homes and people living near areas with heavy truck traffic may be exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust.
“For many people who develop lung cancer, there are often few if any signs of the disease until it has advanced and spread,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “It is important to prevent exposure to known airborne carcinogens at home and in the workplace to minimize the threat of developing this type of cancer. EMSL offers a wide range of testing services to identify airborne pollutants and known carcinogens. These services are available to the public, industry, regulators, and health and safety professionals.”
EMSL has recently sponsored an educational video about lung cancer and airborne contaminants that can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEDAvcHf6pc.
To learn more about testing services for airborne carcinogens and other pollutants, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.