Study Links Houston Pollution and Child Cancer Risk

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A new study finds cancer risks are greater for children who live close to the Houston Ship Channel and adjacent industrial plants.

The 18-month study examined Harris County cancer cases from 1995 to 2003 and emissions including 1,3-butadiene and benzene. It's the first study to identify a possible link between cancer risks and toxic air pollution in Harris County.

The study was conducted by the University of Texas School of Public Health. It was funded by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

The study found that children living within two miles of the Ship Channel had a 56 percent higher risk of getting acute lymphocytic leukemia than children living more than ten miles from the channel.

Mayor Bill White says the results will help spur city efforts to clean up the air.