The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer is "continuing" to rise, causing concerns about the number of female smokers, health chiefs have said. Experts at Public Health England have urged people to take part in Stoptober, to buck the trend.
Less than a third of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive the first year of the disease, a health chief has warned.
The director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, Kevin Fenton, was speaking as part of Stoptober, a campaign to get smokers to quit for 28 days.
We are seeing worrying levels of smoking among women which is clearly having an impact on their health and reported cases of lung cancer. Smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer, and survival rates are very poor. Less than a third of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive the first year, and only 8% will still be alive five years later.
That is why it is important that people give Stoptobera go. If smokers can stop for 28-days they are five times more likely to be able remain smoke-free for good.
– Director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England Kevin Fenton
Female smokers are being urged to quit as part of Stoptober after data from the UK Cancer Information Service showed more women are diagnosed with lung cancer than men.
The number of female lung cancer patients has slowly risen since 1990, while the number of men diagnosed with the disease has rapidly declined.
In 1990, 32.6 of every 100,000 women in England suffered from lung cancer but figures from 2011 show that number has crept up to 39 out of every 100,000, according to data from the UK Cancer Information Service.
Health chiefs at Public Health England are urging smokers to take part in Stoptober - the annual challenge to get smokers to quit for a month en masse - which starts today.
Research has shown that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.