Environmental pollution can contribute to the development of cancer through exposure to various carcinogenic pollutants. Some ways in which environmental pollution can lead to cancer include:
- Air Pollution: Inhaling particulate matter, VOCs, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide can damage the respiratory system and cause lung cancer. Air pollution may also carry carcinogens that can be inhaled or ingested, leading to cancer.
- Water Pollution: Contaminated water with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and industrial waste can expose individuals to carcinogens. Drinking water contaminated with substances like arsenic or lead increases the risk of certain cancers.
- Chemical Exposure: Exposure to toxic chemicals in pesticides, industrial products, and household items can cause cancer. Some of these chemicals are mutagenic and can damage DNA, leading to cancerous cell development.