Cancer Research UK has announced that the number of lung cancer cases in women in the UK has risen once again.
In 2008 there were more than 18,000 diagnosis of lung cancer, which compares to a figure of 8,000 in 1975.
The dramatic increase in the number of women contracting lung cancer has been blamed on the number of women taking up smoking since the 1970’s. These newly released figures also show that 80% of lung cancer is directly attributable to tobacco.
Despite this increase, lung cancer remains more common in men, again attributable to the intake of tobacco. In 2009 there were 23,000 cases of lung cancer in men, but this has been falling.
Cancer Research UK’s information director said: “the lung cancer rate continues to claim far too many lives, more than four in five cases of the disease are caused directly by smoking.”
Meanwhile Dr John Moore-Gillon, medical advisor of the British Lung Foundation added “it is concerning that, while rates of lung cancer amongst men has nearly halved over the last 35 years, they have nearly doubled in women over the same period. Lung cancer actually kills more women each year than breast cancer.
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Source - BBC News