Diesel Fumes & Your Health

Diesel Fumes Can Alter DNA, Study Warns

Saturday, January 24, 2015 6:35 AM

A recent study from the University of British Columbia has concluded that exposure to diesel fumes alters DNA.  In the wake of increasing public health concerns about air pollution and its health effects, the study compared exposures to both diesel fumes and filtered air.  Those participants exposed to diesel fumes were documented to have numerous changes to DNA sites, while those exposed to filtered air were not.

Cells become cancer cells because of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) damage. DNA is in every cell and it directs all its actions. In a normal cell, when DNA is damaged the cell either repairs the damage or dies. In cancer cells, the damaged DNA is not repaired, but the cell doesn’t die like it should. Instead, the cell goes on making new cells that the body doesn’t need. These new cells all have the same damaged DNA as the first abnormal cell does. (Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/what-is-cancer).

The Holland Law Firm represents railroad and maritime workers who develop diesel-related disease including lung cancer and other serious health conditions. As a service to those exposed to diesel fumes and other work place toxins, Holland Law Firm has been providing relevant health information for several years.  For additional information, please call, 1-877-ALL-FELA or email info@allfela.com.

 

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