Long-term air pollution exposure and malignant intracranial tumours of the central nervous system: a pooled analysis of six European cohorts

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  • Ulla Arthur Hvidtfeldt
  • Jie Chen
  • Sophia Rodopoulou
  • Maciej Strak
  • Kees de Hoogh
  • Tom Bellander
  • Jørgen Brandt
  • Daniela Fecht
  • Francesco Forastiere
  • John Gulliver
  • Ole Hertel
  • Barbara Hoffmann
  • Klea Katsouyanni
  • Matthias Ketzel
  • Karin Leander
  • Patrik K.E. Magnusson
  • Gabriele Nagel
  • Göran Pershagen
  • Debora Rizzuto
  • Evangelia Samoli
  • Massimo Stafoggia
  • Gudrun Weinmayr
  • Kathrin Wolf
  • Emanuel Zitt
  • Bert Brunekreef
  • Gerard Hoek
  • Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
Risk factors for malignant tumours of the central nervous system (CNS) are largely unknown.

We pooled six European cohorts (N = 302,493) and assessed the association between residential exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), fine particles (PM2.5), black carbon (BC), ozone (O3) and eight elemental components of PM2.5 (copper, iron, potassium, nickel, sulfur, silicon, vanadium, and zinc) and malignant intracranial CNS tumours defined according to the International Classification of Diseases ICD-9/ICD-10 codes 192.1/C70.0, 191.0–191.9/C71.0–C71.9, 192.0/C72.2–C72.5. We applied Cox proportional hazards models adjusting for potential confounders at the individual and area-level.

During 5,497,514 person-years of follow-up (average 18.2 years), we observed 623 malignant CNS tumours. The results of the fully adjusted linear analyses showed a hazard ratio (95% confidence interval) of 1.07 (0.95, 1.21) per 10 μg/m³ NO2, 1.17 (0.96, 1.41) per 5 μg/m³ PM2.5, 1.10 (0.97, 1.25) per 0.5 10−5m−1 BC, and 0.99 (0.84, 1.17) per 10 μg/m³ O3.

We observed indications of an association between exposure to NO2, PM2.5, and BC and tumours of the CNS. The PM elements were not consistently associated with CNS tumour incidence.
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Cancer
Sider (fra-til)656–664
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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Funding Information:
The research described in this article was conducted under contract to the Health Effects Institute (HEI), an organisation jointly funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Assistance Award No. R-82811201) and certain motor vehicle and engine manufacturers. The contents of this article do not necessarily reflect the views of HEI, or its sponsors, nor do they necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA or motor vehicle and engine manufacturers.

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© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.

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