Since 2014, the three organizations have been working on an eight-year study of people who are not smokers, but are at risk of developing lung cancer. The number of lung cancer patients posted the largest growth — by 624 — compared with 2014, the report showed. While WHO statistics showed that smoking is one of the greatest dangers leading to lung cancer, HPA Director Wang Ying-wei (王英偉) said that the figures also showed that many of Taiwan’s lung cancer patients were not smokers. International research on lung cancer mainly targets smokers, and Taiwan’s research is one of the few that are not, Lo said, adding that the study hopes to detect new trends in lung cancer. People living in high air pollution areas would be asked to undergo LDCT scans to determine whether lung cancer and air pollution are directly correlated, it added.
Source: Taipei Times December 29, 2017 15:56 UTC