Friday , July 30 2021

6,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer every year, warn public health England

TResidents of non-smokers die from lung cancer every year because of air pollution and other carcinogens, warn public health experts in England.

About 6,000 people who have never smoked die in the UK annually from the disease, a greater number of them being killed by cervical cancer and the combined ovary.

Yet, as lung cancer is still seen as a smoker's disease and is largely self-inflicted, the diagnosis of non-smokers is often delayed and research funding is reduced due to social stigma.

Writing in the journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, a group of respiratory medics and public health experts called for greater recognition of lung cancer in non-smokers.

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