Known risks

sunday times

Sunday Times, 1 January 2017:

Cavendish says the 20% of lung cancers that occur in non-smokers is “sheer bad luck”. According to Cancer Research UK, exposure to radon gas – for example, in houses built over granite accounts for about 5% of the 36,000 annual lung cancer deaths. However, the biggest cause after Smoking is outdoor air pollution, which is behind more than 2,300 respiratory and lung cancer deaths every year, according to a recent joint report by two medical royal colleges. So it is bad luck if you live or work in an urban environment heavily polluted by diesel emissions and nobody informed you of the risks.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones

Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

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