They are called "coffin nails" and "cancer sticks" and it's no accident since cigarette smoking is closely linked to lung diseases and death. And as November is World Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Bangkok hospitals are joining a worldwide push to raise awareness of the disease.
Lung cancer is a common malignant disease worldwide. In Thailand, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men after colon and rectum cancer and the fourth most common in women, according to National Cancer Institute statistics from last year.
Lung cancer is a complicated disease, and occurs when normal lung cells change, grow and divide out of control. The injured cells begin to multiply abnormally and can form a tumour in the lung tissue. This process develops slowly over a period of years.
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