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Growing risk of lung cancer among South Asian men

The days when South Asians in the UK could be considered as a 'low risk' population group for lung cancer may be over, according to research from the University of Leicester recently reported in the British Medical Journal.

While the research confirms that based on Trent Cancer Registry data for Leicester, South Asians still have much lower rates of lung cancer than the rest of the population, it also showed that the disease is on the increase among South Asian men.

In the UK lung cancer is the most common cancer for all men, but is decreasing among the male population as a whole. However, this is not so for South Asian men. It is the second most common cancer among women, and the incidence of lung cancer is growing among all groups of women, including South Asian women.

The research, which was reported in the BMJ on January 1, 2003, was funded by the Medical Research Council and Trent NHS Research and Development was carried out by Lucy K Smith, University of Leicester Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Michael D Peake, Consultant Physician and Lead Clinician for Lung Cancer at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, and Johannes L Botha, Director of the Trent Cancer Registry based at the Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Dr Smith said: “There is a pre-conception that South Asians have much lower rates of cancer than the rest of the population. Although this was true, our work is challenging those beliefs by showing rising rates of lung cancer and highlighting the need for health promotion schemes to target the whole community.”

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