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Dramatic Rise in Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers, Say Doctors

  • Dramatic Rise in Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers, Say Doctors

    Summary: Leading pulmonologists in Delhi are saying that reports of lung cancer in non-smokers has quadrupled in the last 15 years. "No Indian today is a non-smoker," said Dr Arvind Kumar, a lung cancer surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. They are also much younger that the average lung cancer patient in other countries, in their 30s and 40s.Those who spend time indoors are not safe either. "The incidence of breast cancer in India was 1 in 200 in 2002. "The ICMR in 2016 now predicts one in 11 women staying in metros will get breast cancer."

    Leading pulmonologists in Delhi are saying that reports of lung cancer in non-smokers has quadrupled in the last 15 years. Five top doctors came together with the #MyRightToBreathe campaign to warn of the severe repercussions of living with air pollution."No Indian today is a non-smoker," said Dr Arvind Kumar, a lung cancer surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. "Ours is the only country with infant smokers - every minute 34 infants in India are born, and essentially handed a cigarette."Over the last week, the amount of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 levels has been recorded at 151 , As Reported By NDTV.

    According to the Newspaper,This is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day by each resident. PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that also reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.Atul Kumar Jain, a shopkeeper in Sadar Bazar, was diagnosed with lung cancer at 39. Half his left lung had to be removed."I have never touched a cigarette in my life," said Mr Jain.Dr Kumar further said that earlier the lungs of non-smokers used to be pink, but now even they are usually black or have black spots."20 years ago, all lungs were pink, only smokers' lungs were black.

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