5 February 2015
Lung cancer has become the leading cause of cancer death in women in developed countries, new analysis has found.
A team at the American Cancer Society, along with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), found that lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death for females in developed countries.
The update brings women in-line with men, as lung cancer has been the leading cause of cancer death in males in this region for a number of decades. In addition, it is the biggest cause of cancer death for men in developing countries, while breast cancer remains the top cause of cancer death in females.
Reported in Global Cancer Statistics, the finding highlights the burden that cancer has in both developing and developed nations, which is likely to grow as populations live longer.
"A substantial proportion of the worldwide burden of cancer can be prevented through the application of existing cancer control knowledge, including tobacco control, vaccination (for liver and cervical cancers), early detection, and the promotion of physical activity and healthy dietary patterns," the researchers write.
The researchers state that suffering can be further alleviated by administering appropriate treatments and palliative care.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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