Low levels of arsenic may cause lung cancer

Small cell carcinoma (source: flickr/euthman)

The following is the opening paragraph of a short article commissioned by and published today in the journal Emerging Health Threats

Arsenic is a known environmental health hazard, linked to cancers and heart disease among other disorders. Regulators in the European Union and USA have set stringent limits on arsenic, but there remain a number of questions over the effects of the metal at low levels.

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