Authorities Concerned Over Rise Of Deep Lung Cancer

BEIJING: Chinese health authorities are trying to figure out the reason for the rapid rise in a form of lung cancer that develops deep in the lung and is not associated with smoking.

China has seen a sharp increase in the disease over the past 10 to 15 years, hitting groups traditionally not susceptible such as women and non-smokers, said Xue Qi, deputy director of thoracic surgery at the Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, also the country’s National Cancer Institute.

“It might be related to the long-term exposure to air pollution, particularly PM2.5,” he said, referring to particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less.

 

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