Tutorial World Primary 5
 
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Comprehension (5.5)

Read the passage and answer the questions.

Lung Cancer From Smoke

 
Taiwan has reported its first case of lung cancer thought to be caused by excessive exposure to stir-fry smoke. A thirty-eight years old cook, who developed lung cancer three years after he began working at a barbecue restaurant, has undergone an operation for the removal of his left lung at Chiayi Christian Hospital.
According to a doctor at the hospital, people do not normally develop lung cancer until they reach the age of forty-five so in the case of the cook it must be from inhaling stir-fry smoke. He also warned people to avoid breathing in excessive smoke or dust. He advised that if a person's job forces him to inhale lots of smoke or dust, he should undergo regular check-ups. If he coughs too much, he should consult a doctor immediately.
The rate of lung cancer is higher among Chinese than Westerners. Experts blamed this on the Chinese custom of stir-frying dishes as well as filling kitchens with oily smoke. A 1998 survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that the rate of lung cancer among kitchen workers was fifteen percent higher than in the rest of the Hong Kong population.
1. What operation did the cook undergo?

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2. What could be the possible cause of the cook's lung cancer?

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3. What was the doctor's advice for people who inhale lots of smoke and dust?

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4. Why is the rate of lung cancer higher among Chinese than Westerners?

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5. What was the conclusion of a 1998 survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong?

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