Lung cancer deaths 'on the rise'

Lung cancer has become the most lethal form of the disease for women in the UK, new figures have shown.

Lung cancer deaths risen by seven per cent for women

The lung cancer death rate among women in the UK now stands at 21 per 100,000 women, making it the most lethal form of the disease for women in the UK.

  • Deaths from lung cancer have risen by seven per cent for women since 2009
  • This year experts predict breast cancer to kill 88,886 women in Europe and lung cancer to kill 82,640
  • A professor behind the research suggested, the increased number of lung cancer among women, may be due to young women taking up smoking in the late 1960s and 1970s

Lung cancer: Biggest cancer killer by 2015 in Europe

If these opposite trends in lung cancer rates continue, then in 2015 lung cancer is going to become the first cause of cancer mortality in Europe.

This is already true in the UK and Poland, the two countries with the highest rates: 21.2 and 17.5 per 100,000 women respectively.

– Professor Carlo La Vecchia, one of the study authors from the University of Milan in Italy

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Lung cancer overtakes breast cancer as 'most lethal'

Lung cancer has become the most lethal form of the disease for women in the UK, new figures have shown.

Overtaking breast cancer, the lung cancer death rate among women in the UK now stands at 21 per 100,000 women.

Read: More women are dying from lung cancer

Lung cancer now 'most lethal' form of the disease for women Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Scientists predict that by 2015 it will be the main cause of women's cancer death in Europe.

Overall, cancer mortality has fallen by around five per cent.

Read: 'Lag in lung cancer survival rates in the UK