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Pollution, Cancer Risk, and Vulnerable Populations

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More than half of cancer patients worldwide reside in low-resource countries, and a greater proportion of these patients die compared to those in developed countries. Vulnerability is the result of limited access to resources relative to health status. In addition to an increased risk of cancer and poorer survival among economically vulnerable populations, many environmental toxicants also disproportionately affect these communities (e.g., air pollution, lead, pesticides). In this chapter we will highlight the impact of pollution on the economically vulnerable as a potentially preventable cause of cancer and present two focus studies on populations in Ecuador and Rwanda.

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Romano, M.E., Diorio, O.J., Chamberlin, M.D. (2019). Pollution, Cancer Risk, and Vulnerable Populations. In: Bernicker, E. (eds) Cancer and Society. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05855-5_3

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