Beware SA! Lung cancer is on the rise
Cape Town - More than half a million people in South Africa are diagnosed with Tuberculosis every year. That's according to the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, who say lung disease is fast becoming a major area of concern in the country.
The unit's associate professor Richard Van Zyl-Smith, warns that more than half of people who smoke tobacco will contract a respiratory disease. The SABC quoted Professor Van Zyl-Smith as saying: "We certainly [have] new diagnostic tests to test for lung disease [and] the new CT scanners and pep scanners are special ways of imaging the lungs..." He said the unit also has new medication for treatment particularly for asthma.
Professor Van Zyl-Smith agreed that there has been a rapid advance in technology that allows for more accurate diagnosis and more effective disease management therapies.
The World Health Organisation has placed South Africa among the top of the list of countries with high TB infections.
Professor Van Zyl-Smith has long shared his statistics on lung disease with the media. In February this year, he warned that nicotine in cigarettes or e-cigs could act as a tumour promoter.
Watch Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit discuss the pro's and cons of the electric cigarette with Dr. Riaad Moosa, in the video below.