(Agencies) The inhabitants of San Roque and Los Barrios are more likely to get cancer as a consequence of industries in their respective municipalities. This is the conclusion reached by the Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad de España in a study on air quality in the region. The study points to> chemical, energy and metal industries can raise the mortality rate of the population by 15% over the median. Illnesses derived from these industries, which the study classifies as ‘evident risk’, include lung and pleura cancers, bronchitis, asthma and emphysema.
The report indicates that the populations of seven towns in Andalucía, out of a total of 53 throughout the country, are more likely to fall ill with these diseases. In the province of Cádiz, Ubrique is on the list, as well as San Roque and Los Barrios.
The study shows that there is a higher presence of carbon oxides, particles in suspension nitrogen oxides and ammonia, among other chemicals, in the Campo de Gibraltar. The report also concludes that these substances come from the chemical and energy industries in the area.
Responding to the study, the Junta de Andalucía’s Councillor for Health, María Jesús Montero, pointed out yesterday that 95% of the municipalities in Andalucía present mortality rates that are below the national average.