Lung cancer 'the greatest cancer threat to women today'

26 October 2012

Lung cancer is now the most common cause of cancer death among women in the UK, leapfrogging breast cancer in the process.

Statistics obtained by Cancer Research UK revealed that some 15,449 women died from lung cancer in 2010. In comparison, 11,556 females lost their lives due to breast cancer.

Dr Mick Peake, consultant respiratory physician at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, pointed out: "Although most women know that a lump in their breast could be a sign of cancer, awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer remains comparatively low."

Furthermore, the Cancer Research figures revealed that while the number of women dying from breast cancer in the UK is set to continue to drop in the decades ahead, the mortality rate of lung cancer for this gender is on the increase.

Liz Darlison, a consultant nurse specialist at Macmillan, said: "While the statistics paint a frightening picture, there's a great deal that can be done to help ensure women are diagnosed earlier, treated earlier and live longer.

"By raising awareness of the tell-tale signs - for example, a persistent cough that lasts longer than three weeks - there's the potential to save thousands of lives every year."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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