A BBC report this morning confirms that cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 in the UK for the first time since the recording of cases began. The figures from 2012, compiled by Cancer Research UK, show that there are now 65 cases per 100,000 people – a rise of 22%.
This development is the opposite of what is happening in men, with the number of cases falling in recent years. These latest figures make lung cancer the most common cancer in both men and women. These figures can be linked to increased smoking rates in women.
Whilst lung cancer needs to be made a key priority for cancer research it is also essential that the government and the health service work together to help people stop smoking.
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