In Romania, lung cancer ranks first, both as number of cases and as number of deaths among men and is becoming a leading cause of mortality among women.
Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. About 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. The risk for lung cancer among smokers is many times higher than among non-smokers. The longer you smoke and the more packs a day you smoke, the greater your risk.
While smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, some other risk factors include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon and some substances (i.e., asbestos, arsenic), and family history. Learn more about these risk factors and others from The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
It is estimated that 11,340 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in Romania in 2018, accounting for 13.6% of all new cases of cancer diagnosed annually.
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RO-NON-00034. Published: November 2019