Lung cancer rates in women have doubled

7 March 2011

Lung cancer rates in women aged 60 years and older have doubled since the 1970s, it has been claimed.

According to new research conducted by Cancer Research UK, the rate rose from 88 cases per 100,000 people in 1975 to 190 per 100,000 in 2008.

Conversely, lung cancer rates in men have fallen and Cancer Research UK believes that the trends are linked to the number of people smoking.

Smoking rates amongst men peaked in the 1960s, while a steady rise in smoking amongst women was recorded in the 60s and 70s.

Jean King, Cancer Research UK's director of tobacco control, said: "Around nine in 10 cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking and one in five people still smoke, so it's vital that work continues to support smokers to quit and protect young people from being recruited into an addiction that kills half of all long term smokers."

According to Action on Smoking and Health, a total ban on tobacco display advertising in newsagents would have a positive impact on youth attitudes towards smoking.

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