Lung cancer cases 'have increased rapidly in the UK'

13 April 2012

The number of lung cancer cases in the UK has risen over the past three decades, with the popularity of smoking in the 1960s being linked to the increase.

According to statistics released by Cancer Research UK, an estimated 8,000 women were diagnosed with the disease in 1975.

The same research carried out in 2009 revealed that there was, on average, 18,000 known cases of lung cancer across the UK during that year.

Such a rise could be linked to the lifestyle of decades gone by, seeing as though lung cancer can take as long as 30 years to develop and symptoms to begin to be visible.

Jean King, the director of tobacco control at Cancer Research UK, stated: "Tobacco advertising hasn't appeared on UK television since 1965, but that didn't stop the marketing of cigarettes. New, more sophisticated marketing techniques have lured many hundreds of thousands into starting an addiction that will kill half of all long term smokers."

Some of the main symptoms which could indicate lung cancer include a cough that does not ease after three weeks, pain in the ribcage or shoulder and coughing up blood.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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