Lung cancer a huge killer

The Cairns Post - - NATION -

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.

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