Diesel Exhaust Fumes Linked to Cancer and Other Serious Health Effects
With the recent confirmation by the World Health Organization (WHO) that diesel engine fumes can cause cancer in humans, millions worldwide will now know the serious health risks in breathing in diesel gas fumes. Understandably people will be concerned about their health. The law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen has been retained by victims suffering from serious health issues as a result of diesel exhaust emissions.
Senior Partner Gregory Owen Discusses Diesel Exhaust Fumes Lawsuit at Press Conference
The Symptoms and Health Hazards of Diesel Gas Exhaust Gas Fuel
For years The American Lung Association of California (ALAC) has known that diesel gas fumes cause a variety of symptoms and serious health problems. But now WHO has confirmed what was suspected all along–diesel gas fumes are highly toxic and can cause lung cancer.
Many people may be wondering what symptoms to look for and if they have a case. The website for the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in conjunction with ALAC indicates, “Exposure to diesel exhaust can have immediate health effects. Diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and it can cause coughs, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. In studies with human volunteers, diesel exhaust particles made people with allergies more susceptible to the materials to which they are allergic, such as dust and pollen. Exposure to diesel exhaust also causes inflammation in the lungs, which may aggravate chronic respiratory symptoms and increase the frequency or intensity of asthma attacks.”
Symptoms of exposure to diesel gas fumes vary. Before you dismiss any health complaints that may be associated with diesel gas exhaust fuel, contact us to discuss the details of your complaints. People who may be most affected by diesel exhaust fumes include, but not limited to, truck drivers, mechanics, homeowners living next to freeways, firemen, railroad workers, construction workers, equipment operators, military and boat pilots.
Almost any person exposed to diesel exhaust fumes due to work or other reason is at risk. The elderly and children are especially susceptible. In a press release issued by the WHO, Dr Christopher Portier, Chairman of the IARC working Group, stated that “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.” Dr Portier continued: “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.”
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