(CTN News) – Dr. Sherman Yasmin, a Lung Cancer health expert, emphasized the detrimental effects of breathing in toxic air filled with pollution and smog.
In addition to asthma, she highlighted that prolonged exposure to such air can lead to lung cancer. To safeguard lung health and minimize the risks of lung cancer, Dr. Yasmin urged citizens to adopt lifestyle measures.
During an interview with the PTV news channel, Dr. Yasmin explained that residing in areas with high air pollution for an extended period can result in damage to the human lungs. This damage can manifest as asthma, upper respiratory allergies, lung cancer, heart diseases, and an increased risk of neurological diseases.
Dr. Yasmin identified transportation, stationary power generation, industrial and agricultural emissions, as well as residential heating and cooking, as the primary sources of outdoor air pollution.
Furthermore, she elaborated on the signs of lung cancer, which include chronic cough, wheezing, COPD, asthma, coughing up blood, difficulty in breathing, weakness, changes in voice, and ultimately the formation of cancer.
She recommended various measures to address this issue, such as avoiding wood and coal fires, reducing smoking, and checking real-time air quality before going outside to minimize exposure.
In response to a query, she emphasized that lung cancer is a significant public health concern, leading to a substantial number of global deaths. She further stated that early treatment can prevent the progression and spread of lung cancer to other parts of the body.
Additionally, she highlighted that children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable due to their less efficient or impaired particle clearance mechanisms. It is worth noting that research has shown a link between exposure to PM 2.5 air pollution and lower lung function, as well as an increased risk of cardiac arrest and other health problems.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 estimated that air particulate matter was responsible for 107,000 premature deaths in the United States in 2011, resulting in a societal cost of $886 billion.
In the news release, Swanton emphasized that the particles in the air, which originate from the burning of fossil fuels and contribute to climate change, are also affecting human health by triggering a significant cancer-causing mechanism in lung cells.
He further highlighted that although the risk of developing lung cancer from air pollution is lower compared to smoking, individuals have no control over the air they breathe.