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Women and children suffer most from exposure to coal smoke

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1192
  1. Anne Glusker
  1. 1Geneva

    The burning of coal and of biomass fuels such as wood, straw, and cow dung in conditions of poor ventilation increases the risk of lung cancer, a report from the International Agency for Research of Cancer concludes.

    The agency's report, from a meeting in October of 19 scientists from eight countries, says that frying at high temperatures—including stir frying, deep frying, and pan frying—also increases the risk of the disease, regardless of the type of cooking …

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