Higher Incidence of Lung Cancer in Female Passive Smokers

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Sawang Saenghirunvattana
Chanawat Tesavibul, MD
Rungsima Saenghirunvattana, MD
Cecille Lorraine Castillon, RN
Kritsana Sutthisri, BSc

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether passive smoking in females is signifi cantly correlated with a higher incidence of lung cancer.


MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2011, a survey was conducted of a sample of lung cancer patients who received treatment at the Bangkok Lung Center to ascertain their exposure to passive smoking.


RESULTS: The responses to the survey yielded a significant correlation between the incidence of lung cancer and exposure to passive smoking.


CONCLUSION: Recommendations based on the results of the study include improving health education campaigns and increasing public awareness of the health risks associated with passive smoking, as well as a re-evaluation of current lung cancer screening practices currently accepted by the medical establishment in Thailand.

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Saenghirunvattana S, Tesavibul C, Saenghirunvattana R, Castillon CL, Sutthisri K. Higher Incidence of Lung Cancer in Female Passive Smokers. BKK Med J [Internet]. 2013Feb.20 [cited 2020Jul.16];50:18. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/bkkmedj/article/view/218046
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