Lung Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Beijing

November 23, 2011 Updated: November 28, 2011
This photo taken on Nov. 1, 2011 shows vehicles making travelling through smog in Beijing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Lung cancer has become the number one killer in Beijing according to Chinese official sources. The rate of lung cancer diagnosis has gone up nearly 60 percent in the last 10 years. Of every five cancer patients, one is diagnosed with lung cancer. However, the Chinese regime did not list air pollution as a likely cause of the rapid increase of this cancer, Sound of Hope radio reported.

According to Jinghua Times, an official with the Beijing Health Bureau said that the rate of lung cancer has grown by 56.35 percent between 2000 and 2009. Men are 1.72 times more likely to develop lung cancer than women. Lung cancer patients in Beijing also have the highest death rate of all cancer patients.

The official stressed the importance of quitting smoking to prevent cancer. He also advised less frying to reduce smoke from cooking. However, he did not mention the connection between Beijing’s heavy air pollution and lung cancer.

To ensure the health of its staff, the United States Embassy in Beijing has been conducting independent air quality tests. The results are published on Twitter. The tests show that air pollution commonly reaches a level that is hazardous to human health, particularly because of the extremely high density of PM 2.5 particles, which can enter the lungs and even the bloodstream.

Chinese communist party officials in Beijing don’t breath the same air, however. According to recent reports, they had their work and living quarters at Zhongnanhai equipped with over 200 pricey air purifiers by the Changsha based Yuanda Group. The company bragged on its website that it was an easy sale and also said, “providing clean and healthy air for the national leaders is of great benefit to the people.”

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