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Girl, 8, is China's youngest lung cancer case; doctors say pollution the cause

Published on Nov 5, 2013 11:36 AM
 
Smoke rises from chimneys and facilities of steel plants on a hazy day in Benxi, Liaoning province, on Nov 3, 2013. An eight-year-old girl has become China's youngest lung cancer patient, reports said, with doctors blaming pollution as the direct cause of her illness. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

BEIJING (AFP) - An eight-year-old girl has become China's youngest lung cancer patient, reports said, with doctors blaming pollution as the direct cause of her illness.

The girl, whose name was not given, lives near a major road in the eastern province of Jiangsu, said Xinhuanet, the website of China's official news agency.

It quoted Jie Fengdong, a doctor at Jiangsu Cancer Hospital in Nanjing, as saying she had been exposed to harmful particles and dust over a long period of time.

Lung cancer cases among children are extremely rare, with the average age for diagnosis at about 70, according to the American Cancer Society.

 
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