Tackling Toxic Air Pollution in Cities

This event outlines the evidence linking air pollution and cancer rates in London and other major cities.

Members event, Panel Recording
27 November 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Air pollution has been classified as a cancer-causing agent with evidence showing an increased risk of lung cancer associated with increasing levels of exposure to outdoor air pollution and particulate matter.

Air pollution is also known to increase risks for other diseases, especially respiratory and heart diseases, and studies show that levels of exposure to air pollution have increased significantly in some parts of the world - mostly in rapidly industrializing countries with large populations.

Panellists provide a 360° picture of the impact of the rising incidence of cancer across the world, the challenges the cancer pandemic poses to the implementation of universal health coverage and the existing UK contribution to strengthening capacity in cancer management and research in developing countries.

This event is held in coordination with London Global Cancer Week partner organizations.


Camilla Hodgson, Environment Reporter, Financial Times

Dr Benjamin Barratt, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Environment, KCL

Dr Susannah Stanway MBChB MSc FRCP MD, Consultant in Medical Oncology Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Elliot Treharne, Head of Air Quality, Greater London Authority

Chair: Rob Yates, Head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

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