In­dige­nous cancer

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

LUNG cancer in­ci­dence among in­dige­nous peo­ple in Queens­land is 79 per cent higher than for non­indige­nous peo­ple, with death rates even higher at 89 per cent. New fig­ures re­leased by Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land for Na­tional Close the Gap Day to­day re­veal that be­tween 1997-2014 about 750 in­dige­nous peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with lung cancer in Queens­land and 590 died from the dis­ease. Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris McMil­lan said smok­ing con­tin­ued to be the big­gest risk fac­tor in lung cancer di­ag­noses.

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