The number of childhood cancers in Scotland has increased by 21 percent in the past decade, with experts linking the rise to air pollution.
Professor Denis Henshaw, former scientific director of the charity Children with Cancer UK, called pollution “a major cause of the rise of childhood cancer”.
He said: “You have to take into account what is changing and it is not our genetics but our environment, especially air pollution from the increase in the number of cars on our roads during that time.”
Henshaw called for more research to determine the impact of poor air quality on children and expectant mothers. He said work is urgently needed to determine whether babies who are later diagnosed with cancer have been exposed to pollution.