Lung Cancer among Non-Smokers: 6000 Die Every Year
Lung cancer among non-smokers is more common than the general thinking. According to the experts at Public Health England, around 6000 people who have never smoked died of lung cancer in UK. The number is even larger than the number of deaths resulting from cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, leukaemia and lymphoma. When considered separately, lung cancer among non-smokers would be eighth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in UK. Although smoking remains the largest risk factor for lung cancer accounting for 86% of cases, pollution and second-hand smoke are also linked to its development. According to the authors, "Lung cancer in never-smokers is more common than most people think and on the rise: it is time to give this disease the recognition it deserves." Lung cancer among non-smokers is typically non-small cell lung cancer. Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of getting lung cancer by a third. Professor Mick Peake, co-author from the University College London