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Air pollution kills? 22% increased risk of dying from all cancers for every 10 µg/m³ exposure to particulate matter. The study looked at 66,280 in Hong Kong and also found the same amount of exposure to particulate matter was associated with an 80% increased risk of mortality from breast cancer, 42% increased risk of mortality from cancer in the upper digestive tract, 36% increased risk of dying of lung cancer.