Overload of Smog in Beijing
by skye lecours on November 12, 2013 - 12:14pm
According to the article “Smoggy Beijing sees lung cancer cases soar” in the BBC News, the number of cases of lung cancer in Beijing increased of 50% over the last 10 years. Officials say that the main problem to this cancer issue is principally the fact that too many people smoke, though; the air pollution is also a major factor. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that the air condition they are living in may kill up to millions of people per year, which is huge just because of the air pollution. In 2002, per 100,000 people, there was 39.56 people diagnosed with lung cancer, where in 2011, it was a matter of 63.09 people. Like said previously, this is a huge jump and is twice as much as in 2002. It is mostly the patient’s life style that affects the fact that they have cancer, though the passive smoking plus the air pollution do not help the cause. The WHO analyzed that breathing in fine particles gave 3.2 million premature deaths a year across the world and killed more than 200,000 people suffering from lung cancer. “‘More than half of the lung cancer deaths attributable to ambient fine particles were projected to have been in China and other East Asian countries," said the WHO” (BBC News, 2013) The Chinese population say they are becoming worried about the air condition in their country, the air pollution creates a thick blanket that covers China due to a rapid economic expansion and no laws reinforcing laws to protect the environment. Not too long ago, in Jiangsu, an eight-year-old was reported to be the youngest person to be diagnosed with lung cancer, which is strictly from the air pollution and not necessarily because of smoking. The hospital denied the fact that it was because of the bad air conditions, though it is scientifically shown that is it strictly a pollution matter.
Personally, I find it pathetic how even though China succeeds very well economically and powerfully, they still have many problems health wise. It is unbearable to think that people are dying just because of the pollution overload in that country. It is not fair for young people to be diagnosed with lung cancer when they do not smoke and live a relatively healthy life. It is not their fault and China should be much more careful with the way they use the air and all the pollution they are doing. I find that in the world today people very careless when it comes to wasting and littering. We live in the same world as China so soon this situation may happen to us, and that is why we have to be cautious.