Lung cancer a huge killer
SHOCK new data shows that indigenous Queenslanders are 89 per cent more likely to die from lung cancer than non-indigenous and 79 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. Close to half of those diagnosed are daily smokers.
“Research shows that almost eight out of 10 lung cancer cases are related to smoking,” said Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillan.
“Smokers are up to 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.”
About 45 per cent of indigenous adults in the state smoke daily and 12 per cent of Queenslanders overall.
The risk of developing lung cancer is strongly associated with the age a person starts smoking, how long they smoke and the number of cigarettes they smoke.
“We do know that indigenous people are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers and overall have lower participation rates in cancer screening,” Ms McMillan said.
Failings in dental health in indigenous children has also come to light with Queensland Health revealing more than 400 children under the age of nine were admitted to hospital in the last financial year with severe tooth decay.