Air pollution and lung cancer!


Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer ♋ death all over the world. Every year around 1.8 million people die due to lung cancers. Smoking is so far considered the leading cause of lung cancer while Air pollution is the second on that list. According to a recent study, worldwide 14.1% of deaths due to lung cancers are directly attributed to air pollution. These findings are from a recent data analysis that was presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) on the 9th of September 2021.


The analysis showed that

There is an association between deaths from lung cancer and the proportion of national energy that is produced from coal.

And, according to that data, the following countries are listed as the most affected countries in the perspective of lung cancer deaths attributed to air pollution.

  • Serbia
  • Poland
  • China
  • Mongolia, and
  • Turkey

If we look at the sources of energy in these countries, we can correlate the association between the death rate from lung cancer and air pollution. The percentage of energy production from coal in the above-mentioned countries are:

  • Serbia: 70%
  • Poland: 74%
  • China: 65%
  • Mongolia: 80%
  • Turkey: 35%

Another major source of air pollution is transportation. However, amid the corona pandemic, there are improvements in this aspect. A good outcome of the pandemic, isn’t it?

From Medscape

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