Chile: Study shows those in their 50’s and 60’s were exposed to high arsenic levels

Posted on January 26, 2012 • Filed under: Chile, Enviromental Issues, Latin America Health, Latin America Mining

People in the 50 and 60 were exposed to high levels of arsenic in drinking water in Chile, they still retain a high risk of developing bladder cancer, says a new study. This shows the importance to continue to monitor the population, according to said lead author Dr. Fernando Coz, professor of urology at the University of Los Andes in Santiago, Chile. The study, published in the Journal of Urology, included the inhabitants of the region of Antofagasta.
There, in the 50 and 60, drinking water contaminated with arsenic, a semi-metallic element of the rocks, soil, water and air. Also released into the environment and industrial activities can be in paints, dyes and fertilizers. It is associated with several cancers, including bladder, liver and lung. Read Article

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