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Higher Risk Of Cancer For Commuters

California drivers with longer commutes are at higher risk of contracting cancer than those who drive less.

Benzene is used in the production of synthetic fibers present in car seats or dashboards, while formaldahyde is a binding agent for plastics - both chemicals are known carcinogens. The UC Riverside study calculated the daily dose of benzene and formaldehyde being inhaled during the average commute, with a steady commute of 30-minutes resulting in a 10% chance of exceeding cancer risk from chemical inhalation. The study is ongoing, however, lead author of the study Aalekhya Reddam says if possible, keep the windows open.

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