Icon Medical Oncologist Dr Daniel Chan was featured in The Straits Times on March 30 2020 discussing lung cancer in young people and how they can reduce their risk of developing the disease. In the article below, he discusses the stigma around lung cancer and what places women at risk.
In Asia, around 60 to 80 percent of females who have lung cancer are non-smokers. Although smoking carries a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer, with stopping smoking reducing your risk by up to 90%, many women diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. People often think that those living with lung cancer only have themselves to blame, which can deeply affect women at a time when they need more support than ever.