New Delhi: Delhi’s polluted air is making lung cancer even faster than those who do not touch cigarettes at the speed at which smokers develop lame cancer. A study conducted by the Chest Surgeon and Lung Care Foundation of the Center for Chest Surgery of Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has revealed these startling results.

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In 2018, this study of 50% lung cancer cases, non-smoker, investigated lung cancer surgery in the last 30 years, which found that in 1988, 9 out of 10 lung surgeries were performed by people who smoked. In the year 2018, the ratio of lung cancer surgery was 5: 5 i.e. 5 smokers and 5 non-smokers. Even more worrying figures are that 70 percent of people who undergo lung cancer surgery are under 50 years old and all of them are non-smokers. There was not a single smoker in the age group of less than 30 years.

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In this study, most of the patients who are less than 50 years old and do not smoke, those who gave up smoking were also kept in the category of smoker. Dr Harth Vardhan Puri, Consultant, Center for Chest Surgery and Institute of Robotic Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said the study was done because doctors noted that most of the patients who undergo lung cancer surgery are very young and non-smokers. 

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Pollution is the biggest risk

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Dr. Puri said, in view of the fast-growing cases of lame cancer among the young and non-smoking doctors, this study was done in which the investigation of lung cancer surgery which took place between March 2012 and June 2018 was investigated in detail. After that this data was compared with the data of 1988, in which it was revealed that a large number of non-smokers are also getting lung cancer. The figure of smoking cancer for non-smoking people was only 10 percent 30 years ago, it has now increased to 50 percent. 

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Wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment

This study also pointed out that in many cases of lung cancer, the risk is also high due to the wrong diagnosis. About 30 percent of the patients are those whose diagnosis is wrong and their disease is treated as TB before and for many months TB is treated, but in reality, the disease is of Lung Cancer. In such a situation, the patient has to suffer due to wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment. 

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