Doctors in India’s capital, Delhi, have expressed concerns that the city’s worsening air quality could leave people more prone to lung cancer. Air pollution in Delhi has already been reported as very bad, but environmentalists have warned that it is slowly becoming worse.
Prof (Dr.) P K Julka, director of Max Oncology Day Care said that “So far, it was estimated that 80 percent of lung cancer cases were due to exposure to tobacco smoke, either direct or passive. But people in the Capital are exposed to air that is equivalent to smoking several cigarettes a day.” He also added that research showed that within 20 years, the incidence of lung cancer cases has increased substantially.
Dr. Sajjan Rajpurohit, an oncologist at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute also added that the capital city’s toxic air was fast emerging as the leading risk factor for lung cancer.
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