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Increased Cancer Risk for Kids Living in Areas of Heavy Traffic

Fuse/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Inhaling car and truck exhaust fumes isn't healthy for anyone, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports it's especially bad for children living near a lot of traffic.

The CDC's review of several studies published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found children diagnosed with leukemia were 50 percent more likely to live near busy roads than children without the blood cancer.   

Researchers are not sure how much exhaust exposure is too much, but the review's findings may warrant increased precautionary public health interventions and messages that cut prolonged exposure to heavy traffic.

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