Montreal study finds increased cancer and tumour risk due to wildfires

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The study tracked 2 million Canadians over two decades to determine how proximity to forest fires influences cancer risk.


(Daniel J Rowe/ CTV News) — With wildfires in Quebec already exceeding 10-year averages in size and quantity, a new study out of Montreal suggests the health of those living near are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumours.

Quebec’s forest fire protection agency (SOPFEU) reports seven active forest fires in the province. The 146 this year is 41 more than the decade-average at the same time, and the 110.3 hectares burned is 26.2 more than the average.

B.C., by comparison, is monitoring eight active fires and has had 100 in 2022 so far. (…)

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