Goat herders risk pneumonic lung cancer

A TYPE of lung cancer known to have only a weak association to smoking has now been linked to exposure to livestock.

A French study found people who tended goats were five times more likely to develop pneumonic-type lung adenocarcinoma (P-ADC) than other types of lung cancer, according to press information supplied by the European Respiratory Society annual congress.

Scientists have previously noted similarities between P-ADC and a contagious viral infection in sheep and goats.