An eight-year-old girl who has become China’s youngest lung cancer patient is believed to have caught the deadly illness simply because she lived by a busy road.
The girl, who has not been named, lived in the thick of China’s infamous smog in Jiangsu province on the east coast, The South China Morning Post reports.
Jiangsu Cancer Hospital’s Dr Feng Dongjie said the young girl inhaled all kinds of dust and particles, including the most dangerous component of smog – superfine PM2.5 particles.
China's soaring rates of cancer and respiratory diseases are being blamed on the country’s choking levels of urban pollution, which are among the worst in the world.
Lung cancer deaths rose by 56 percent from 2001 to 2010 in Beijing, which has seen frequent bouts of severe smog in recent years, according to official figures.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) found air pollution caused 1.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2010, including 140,000 from lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Asia, while 20 percent of the world’s recently diagnosed cancer patients come from China, oncologist Dr Hao Xishan told a conference in China last weekend.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Martin Zavan.
Source: The South China Morning Post.