EPA Reports Heightened Cancer Risks Due To Air Pollutants
An EPA report generated from the National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) shows that people living in the US face increased exposure to air pollutants that heighten their risk of cancer.
According to the report every single one of the estimated 300 million people in the United States have a cancer risk of more than 10 in a million from exposure to toxic air pollution. The average risk of cancer is 36 in a million. The EPA has stated previously that levels above 100 in a million are unacceptable and exceptionally worrisome. This news highlights the problem of air pollution and the insidious ways in which it is affecting our health and wellbeing.
Where Air Pollution Comes From
The air pollutants that are increasing Americans' risks of developing cancer come from a variety of different sources. Approximately thirty percent of the overall risk is accounted for from mobile emissions. Exhaust from trucks, buses and regular passenger vehicles makes up most of those emissions. A carcinogen known as benzene is found in emissions and has been shown to come from the burning of oil and coal. It can also be produced by gas station fuel pumps. Given Americans' fondness for their cars, it's not surprising that benzene is so prevalent in the air that we breathe.
Industry emissions make up another 25 percent of the cancer risk gauged by the EPA's report. Although stricter standards have been in place on many of these industries for some time, they continue to produce a great deal of pollution that contributes to the heightened risk of cancer. These pollutants don't only linger outside in smog filled city streets. They seep into every last inch of our lives including into our private homes. These cancer causing pollutants compromise the integrity of indoor air quality just as much as outdoor air quality.
What the Report Means For You
If you live anywhere in the United States and are one of its estimated 300 million people this report highlights your increased likelihood of contracting cancer simply by breathing. In other words, the mere act of inhaling air increases your cancer risk significantly enough to warrant an ominous report. Rather than sitting back and wringing your hands, though, there are steps that you can take to help protect you and your family.
Although the risks cannot be completely eliminated, they can be mitigated to a decent extent by employing the use of a high quality HEPA air purifier in your home and in your car.
Today's most effective air purifiers are based around HEPA filter technology which remove 99.97% of airborne pollutants from the air that we breathe. Particulates measuring down to 0.3 microns are captured by this high quality technology and removed from circulation - never getting a chance to enter your respiratory system or expose you to cancer-causing pollutants. HEPA is the most relied upon technology for areas and situations that require truly clean air and pristine indoor air quality like operating rooms and burn units.
Originally developed by the Atomic Energy Commission during World War II, HEPA filters were first used to pull radioactive particles from the air and have since become ubiquitous among air purification systems.
Remove Harmful Pollutants with HEPA Air Purifiers
When used properly and installed in your home and in your vehicles, HEPA air purifiers can effectively remove a large percentage of the pollutants highlighted in the EPA's worrisome report. The less of these pollutants you inhale, the better.
In addition to using HEPA filter technology, many of these products are enhanced with activated carbon filters that pull toxic vapors and odors from the air. Using a HEPA filter and the activated carbon filter, the air that you breathe will be more pristine than ever before.
People looking for allergy relief and other health benefits may discover them by using HEPA air purifiers. While you cannot do a whole lot to reduce outdoor pollution - there is a lot you can do about the indoor air quality of your home and car.
Portable HEPA air purifiers are available for passenger vehicles and RV's that can keep the air you breathe while driving free from most of the harmful pollutants that are shown to increase the risk of cancer. Purifiers installed in your home give you a pure environment in which to sleep and go about your daily business.
At Clean Air Plus, we are concerned about reports like the one issued by the EPA and seek to provide our customers with valuable options for combating these problems. Start breathing easier today.
- Administration Staff