Not A Smokers But Have Lung Cancer
If you feel safe from the threat of lung cancer because you have never smoked, you should still be vigilant. The fact is, not smoking does not mean that you will definitely be free of lung cancer. There are a number of conditions that increase the risk of non-smokers developing lung cancer.
This is what is experienced by the Head of the Center for Data, Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. A figure who has always been a mainstay of Indonesian society for his role as a provider of information about this disaster has had Stage IV lung cancer since last January 2018. According to information, Sutopo even admitted that he was surprised to hear the doctor’s verdict because he was not a smoker
Passive smoking factors
Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, which is about 85%. This should come as no surprise. Unlike the case with lung cancer that occurs in non-smokers, this certainly makes people wonder. “During my practice, 5-10% of patients have never smoked,” said Charles Swanton, chief doctor of Cancer Research UK, quoted by the BBC.
One of the factors that can cause lung cancer in non-smokers is too frequent exposure to secondhand smoke, also known as secondhand smoke. Although the risk is not as big as that of active smokers, it is proven that secondhand smoke can also have negative long-term effects.
Research says 1 in 5 women who have lung cancer have never smoked, compared to 1 in 10 men. A review of lung cancer patients who underwent surgery from 2008 to 2014 in the UK, also found that 67% of those who had never smoked were women.
Furthermore, based on a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), cigarette smoke increases the chances of a passive smoker getting lung cancer by 20-30% and causes 430 thousand deaths worldwide each year, 64% of whom are women. Read More !!!