Daily Express

Living near busy roads raises lung cancer risk

- By Mark Reynolds By Sophia Dourou

A MAJOR land and sea search for an injured British man missing in snake-infested bush will resume today.

Over the weekend rescue efforts involving a helicopter, boats and mounted police failed to find any trace of Aslan King, 25, in Victoria, Australia.

He went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning after suffering what friends described as some form of seizure during a coastal camping trip.

Aslan, an illustrato­r from Brighton originally from Bristol, relocated to Australia two weeks ago and was due to attend pal James Stalley’s wedding in Bali.

But Aslan is understood to have hit his head on the ground before rushing into bushland near the campsite where he and four friends had been staying.

The site is near the town of Princeton and the Twelve Apostles, rocky outcrops rising out of the ocean some 100 miles south west of Melbourne.

Police said they were focusing on a 300-yard radius around the

LIVING within 50 yards of a major road can increase the risk of lung cancer by 10 per cent.

A study has also revealed that proximity to busy roads can stunt the lung developmen­t of children by up to 14 per cent.

Conducted across 13 different cities in the UK and Poland, the research suggested that air pollution also contribute­s to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure and bronchitis.

The report by King’s College London analysed 13 different health conditions in people living in high pollution areas and compared them to the general population, focusing not just on hospital admissions and deaths, but also symptoms such as chest infections.

The findings showed that if air pollution was cut by a fifth, there would be 3,865 fewer cases of children with bronchitic symptoms in London, 328 in Birmingham, 94 in Bristol, 85 in Liverpool, 85 in Manchester, 134 in Nottingham, 38 in Oxford and 69 in Southampto­n.

The study also found that roadside air pollution stunted lung growth in children by approximat­ely 14 per cent in Oxford, 13 per cent in London, campsite, but said the search was hampered by vegetation, rocky clifftops and deep waters. The area is also home to deadly tiger snakes.

Sergeant Danny Brown of Victoria Police said searchers were “using every sense”, while heat sensors would help “to find things in areas that the eye can’t see”. “Some of this scrub, you have to get on hands and knees to move through it,” he said.

James Stalley on Facebook said: “Any Aussie connection­s on here please share in the hope he is found safe. He is supposed to be joining us at my wedding.”

Last night, the Foreign Office said staff were seeking further informatio­n “and are in contact with the Australian police”. eight per cent in Birmingham, five per cent in Liverpool, four per cent in Southampto­n and three per cent in Nottingham.

A coalition, which includes the British Lung Foundation and the UK

Health Alliance on Climate Change, is calling for all political parties to commit to a legally binding target to meet the World Health Organisati­on’s (WHO) air quality guidelines by 2030.

Dr Rob Hughes, senior fellow at the

Clean Air Fund, said: “Air pollution makes us, and especially our children, sick from cradle to the grave, but is often invisible.

“This impressive research makes this public health crisis – which affects people all across the UK – visible, and shows the urgency with which all political parties must prioritise cleaning up our air.”

In addition, the group wants to see a national network of Clean Air Zones establishe­d across the UK.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone introduced earlier this year in London – where one third of residents are estimated to live near a busy road – has already reduced nitrogen dioxide levels by 29 per cent.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, echoed the calls for the UK government to commit to WHO targets to clean up the country’s “dangerous” air.

She said: “It seems as if every day we see more and more evidence of the terrible health effects air pollution is having on our lungs.

“It’s the most vulnerable hit hardest.

“We know air pollution stunts our children’s still-developing lungs and those with a lung condition can find their symptoms are made far worse by poor air quality.” that are

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Heavy traffic backs up near homes as a report warns of serious health risks
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Head injury… Aslan King is due at friend’s wedding

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