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Leukaemia risk for kids living near petrol stops

12:33 19 August 04

NewScientist.com news service

Children who live next to a petrol station are four times more likely to develop acute leukaemia than other children in the same area, suggests new research.

The small study, carried out at four sites in France, looked at 280 children with leukaemia and a control group of 285 children, all younger than 15 years. The children’s mothers were given a questionnaire relating to their lifestyle.

The researchers found that children living next door to a petrol station or automotive garage had a quadrupled risk of leukaemia. And the risk of developing acute non-lymphoblastic leukaemia was seven times greater compared with children who lived in the same area, but not next to a petrol station.

Article from NewScientist.com