Effects of Dioxin Pollution

Posted by Puteri | 10/20/2007 03:16:00 PM | | 2 comments »

TORONTO (Reuters) - More girls than boys are born in some Canadian communities because airborne pollutants called dioxins can alter normal sex ratios, even if the source of the pollution is many kilometers away, researchers say.

Dioxin exposure has been shown elsewhere to lead to both higher cancer rates and the birth of more females.

Researchers at the IntrAmericas Centre for Environment and Health say their findings, released this month, confirm the phenomenon in Canada.

Read the full story here.

As if we don't have enough to worry about! :-( I don't think the fact that more girls than boys being born is all that much to worry about, but the cancer risks associated with dioxin pollution is something everyone should be worried about.

I was born and raised in a town that had an oil refinery. For a long time the refinery caused severe pollution in a small river near where it was built because refinery waste was dumped into the river. Naturally the pollution was not confined to the river alone. The sea area near the river constantly smelled of oil.

I had often wondered what was in the water or in the air in my home town, because at my age I knew too many people who had died of cancer. Close friends and neighbors who had died of cancer. Only a few survived breast cancer.

Now with this piece of news out of Canada, I am beginning to suspect the possibility of dioxin pollution being the main culprit in the high incidence of cancer related deaths. Not only did we breathed the air near the refinery, we frequented the beach and swam in the sea, and ate the fish harvested from the sea there.

The refinery is no longer in existence now. It stopped operating about 10 years ago and the whole structure has been taken down.

The refinery may be gone but there are saw mills in the town or about 25 kilometers away. I guess we cannot be sure if the cancer risks that residents of that town used to face because of the presence of the oil refinery is completely gone.


  1. pat // 6:51 PM, October 22, 2007  

    ish,good news for the muslim tuk...ulih bebini mayoh..hehehe.Actually,tuk agak membimbangkan bagi aku lah...enda nemu pulak ka madah.Like for example,if in the future mayuh agik org indu ari laki,then,masalah adultery makin menjadi laban kurang bisi males ka di ambik nyadi ke laki,so terpaksa ngambik laki org.Takut aku ngenang tuk...

  2. Puteri // 9:41 PM, October 22, 2007  

    Sigi amat, alasan sida muslim, enggai ka bala indu ngaga maksiat, manah agi diambi ka bini! Isshh!

    Kati ko menoa China deh? Culture ti mementingkan anak lelaki, nah diatu tusah ngiga bini ka anak! Enda chukop indu diambi ka bini!