Air pollution is biggest health risk

PARTICLES MATTER: Doctor warned that particles in the air can cause lung cancer and that food delivery workers and others who work outside should be aware

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 03, 2019
By: Liao Hsueh-ju and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Doctors on Friday warned that long-term exposure to particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) is severely

Thoracic Department doctor Hsieh Tsung-hsin poses for a picture at the Ton Yen General Hospital in Hsinchu County’s Jhubei City on Friday.
Photo: Liao Hsueh-ju, Taipei Times

damaging to the human body. The WHO has listed air pollution as the biggest risk to human health.

Ton Yen General Hospital Thoracic Department doctor Hsieh Tsung-hsin (謝宗鑫) said that the hospital recently treated a 51-year-old patient, surnamed Chen (陳).

Chen came to the hospital complaining of a month-long persistent cough in addition to severe migraines, Hsieh said.

The patient was diagnosed with stage 4 lung adenocarcinoma. The cancer cells had also spread to the brain and liver, Hsieh said, adding that the patient is currently under target therapy treatment.

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