After eight years, Boris Johnson delivered a potent new message about cancer-causing chemicals in the air: They have developed into an increasingly potent cancer-causing agent.
According to recent analysis of cancer deaths data, Johnson’s November 2009 speech highlighted the relationship between air pollution and cancer among premature-death related cancers, triggering a nationwide crackdown on U.K. industries including polluting wood burning. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which was informed about Johnson’s speech — announced that the government in Britain would halt the use of the inorganic copper chlorides in light bulbs.
But a research institute has just released data showing a renewed rise in deadly illnesses connected to COVID, often called CFC degradation, over the last two years. This is despite air pollution from outdoor pollution having fallen between 2014 and 2015.
“The data shows an increased level of cancer deaths in all cancers,” Dr. Satish Jha, director of the University of Toronto’s Global Burden of Disease Consortium, said in a statement. “While trends in air pollution are moving in the right direction, what happens when we subtract these trends from actual deaths is not always accurate.”
Johnson’s speech “reinforced widespread public concern in the U.K. about health impacts of air pollution on the population,” said Tanya Dearden, a research associate at the Air Quality Policy Center at Queen Mary University.
A common form of air pollution in the U.K., COVID is also known as mono-olefin degradation catalytic converters or stratospheric COICC. These are traps for four common pollutants: particulate matter, fluorocarbons, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. COVID does this work in industrial processes. It is developed in reaction with carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other airborne pollutants.
However, Johnson’s data proved a “wake-up call for a national focus on ozone,” said Carolyn Weems, director of the Office for Health, Environment and Society at the University of Kent.
The Environment Agency of England, the government’s environmental regulator, has adopted COVID compliance as an operating standard, and, according to the Burden of Disease report, COVID depletion has caused cancer deaths to rise by 21 percent since 2015.
“This is the first time that human cancer deaths related to the accumulation of COID have been estimated,” says the report.
Other cancers attributable to the auto-incessant COID include as lung cancer, which has risen from 7,941 to 9,492 since 2010, and ovarian cancer, which has increased from 80 to 108 since 2014.
It is unclear, according to Dearden, why COID has become such a major health risk.
“There are not enough studies done on air pollution in our lifetime and, more importantly, many other environmental factors” like known carcinogens like heavy metals, she said.
“It’s important for people to be aware that pollution can raise your risk of developing certain cancers, and that inhalation of airborne particles is an important factor in susceptibility to these cancers,” she said.
Dearden did not indicate the specific types of cancer that are being caused by rising COID levels.
As the organization’s report states, “Because the lung, ovarian, bladder, cervix, kidney, and breast cancer increases could be attributed to many other diseases such as smoking and obesity that the United Kingdom had attempted to tackle in the past, the researchers conclude that this study identifies COID as a causative environmental factor.”
Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.