Danish News Round-Up: Lung overtakes breast as most common cancer in Denmark

In other news, Pia Kjærsgaard speaks out about the cancer within Dansk Folkeparti, but then quickly apologises

‘Cancer in Denmark’, a new report published by the Danish Cancer Society, showed that cancer of the lungs, bronchi and trachea has overtaken breast cancer as the most common form of the disease in Denmark.

In 2020, more than 5,000 people in Denmark were diagnosed with lung cancer, compared to 4,800 cases of breast cancer.

Most lung cancer cases are smoking-related
Lung cancer can be caused by certain mutations in the cancer cells’ DNA, air pollution and the migration of radon from the ground beneath our feet, but it is very rare.

Normally it is a result of our consumption of tobacco. Between 90 and 95 percent of all lung cancer cases are estimated to be smoking-related.

“The risk you inflict on yourself by smoking does not disappear even if you quit,” expert Torben Riis Rasmussen told Berlingske.


Danish man killed in diving accident in Sweden
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Dane has died in Sweden after a diving accident. It happened on Sunday in Gullmarsfjorden in southwestern Sweden. The 55-year-old man was an experienced and excellent diver, according to Expressen. He was found seriously injured after the police in Uddevalla received notification of his predicament, and later his death was declared at the hospital.

Tom Jones concert at Tivoli going ahead despite postponement
Tom Jones’ performance at Tivoli is still scheduled to go ahead on Friday July 22 despite the 82-year-old crooner legend having to postpone a concert in Budapest on Tuesday after he fell ill. Jones denied reports that he collapsed shortly before the concert, which like the date at Tivoli, is part of his ‘Surrounded by Time’ tour. Instead he blamed an inflammation in his throat. The Budapest concert will now take place on August 16. Attendance at Tivoli is free as part of the FredagsRock program, as long as you pay the entry fee to the themepark, but be warned that all ‘Inner Circle’ tickets have sold out.

Pia Kjærsgaard apologises for her criticism on Twitter
Dansk Folkeparti founder and former leader Pia Kjærsgaard shared a post on Twitter on Monday criticising other politicians for changing parties. But later, she regretted her post. She also admits to having contributed to the recent unrest in the party in an email shared widely. Over the last six months, following a leadership contest in January, DF has lost over half its serving MPs.




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