Cancer Patient Brochure This brochure describes the ways that wood smoke is particularly dangerous for cancer patients and steps that can lessen their exposure.
Wood smoke may raise lung cancer risk, Chest, July 2005. "... our findings demonstrate that wood smoke could produce similar effects on p53, phospho-p53, and MDM2 protein expression as tobacco. It is important to consider wood smoke exposure as a possible risk factor for the development of lung cancer in nonsmoker subjects.
JAMA Abstract : Lung Cancer, Cardiopulmonary Mortality, and Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Air Pollution.
"Carcinogenicity of household solid fuel combustion...The Lancet Vol.7 December 2006 (PDF52K)
Montreal 2006 Women at Risk: Heating and Cooking Fuels: American Journal of Epidemiology
Wood stoves linked to Mouth Cancer
Toxins from wood smoke inhalation sit in the bladder and can cause cancer of the bladder.Urinary Monitoring of Wood Smoke Exposure.
Pancreatic Inflammation: Wood Smoke Induced Exocrine pancreatic pathology.
Wood Stoves linked to Pet Cancer
Report on Charbroiling Meat and Cancer Links Effects
Dioxins and furans are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science. ... The EPA report confirmed that dioxin is a cancer hazard to people. When you burn wood you produce dioxin. A recent Lawrence Livermore study found that while wood burning was the third largest source of dioxin in many cities in the United States, for the San Francisco Bay area it was the second largest source.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are produced in abundance when you burn wood. "They are primarily formed by incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels such as wood, coal, diesel, fat, or tobacco. Tar also contains PAHs. Since human civilization relies so heavily on combustion, PAHs are inevitably linked to our energy production. In this sense, PAH can be thought of as marker molecules as their abundance can be directly proportional to combustion processes in the region and therefore directly related to air quality. Different types of combustion yield different distributions of PAHs." Wikipedia
In February of 1995 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission received a report on indoor carcinogenic pollutant emissions from EPA Phase II Wood Stoves: Normalizing for the rate of wood consumption during each test, the average Benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) source strength is 32 ng/kg of wood burned. The average Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) source strength is 360 ng/kg of wood. This is the exposure on average to the user. The neighbor of course gets the brunt of wood smoke pollution. (NISTIR 5575) U.S. Department of Commerce.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Exposure from Wood Burning And Traffic
This Outdoor Poster against wood burning stoves is showing a crab as a symbol for cancer was sent from Holland in the 1990s.