Asset Publisher

Research, Urban Planning, Environment and Health

Air Pollution and Lung Cancer - Key Facts

Key facts on the relationship between air pollution and lung cancer


Ten years ago, a Working Group convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) gathered in Lyon, France, and following a detailed review of the evidence, classified outdoor air pollution and particulate matter in outdoor air as a cause of lung cancer in humans (IARC 2013). Globally, outdoor air pollution is second only to tobacco as the greatest cause of lung and respiratory cancers (Ebrahimi et al 2019).

This document gathers the main scientific evidences linking air pollution and lung cancer.