Doctor warns of smoking dangers

EARLY DETECTION KEY: A doctor said that a common lung cancer often shows no symptoms in the early stages and recommends that smokers be checked for it

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 04, 2020
By: Chen Chien-chih and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff wr

A man lights a cigarette on in Pingtung County on Feb. 29. Warning: Smoking can damage your health.
Photo: Chiu Chih-jou, Taipei Time

A woman in her 50s who does not smoke was diagnosed with lung cancer after inhaling secondhand smoke from her husband and son, a doctor said on Thursday, urging people to be mindful of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Asia University Hospital doctor Liu Po-yi (劉柏毅) said a woman, surnamed Lee (李), was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma after she sought treatment following two weeks of excessive coughing.

For more than 30 years, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Taiwan, with lung cancer claiming the most lives over the past decade, Liu said, citing data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Clinical statistics show that people with lung adenocarcinoma are predominantly non-smokers, and the average age of patients is decreasing, Liu added.    [FULL  STORY]

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