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Risk of lung cancer needs to be studied in younger patients who keep pet birds

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7090.1353 (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1353
  1. Peter Holst, Doctora
  1. a Graaf Florisweg 48, 2805 AM Gouda, The Netherlands

    Editor—The prevalence of pet birds and of lung cancer differs between the Netherlands and Sweden. Mortality from lung cancer is much higher in the Netherlands than in Sweden—even higher than that in the United States. Compared with Sweden, the Netherlands has a higher percentage of people who breed birds and a higher concentration of the international bird trade. Breeding birds and keeping birds in family homes result in higher amounts of dust in the indoor air, poorer hygiene, and a …

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