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Survival rates of lung cancer 'very poor'

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 Stoptober a 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

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'One in two' long-term smokers will die prematurely

One in two long-term smokers will die as a result of their habit, the Government's chief medical officer has warned.

Dame Sally Davies called on smokers to join Stopober and attempt to stub out their cigarettes for good by quitting en masse.

It is worrying to see the rising number of women living with and dying from lung cancer.

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.

Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life so have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.

– Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies

Female smokers urged to stub out with Stoptober

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The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer is on the rise causing concerns about a rise of female smokers. Credit: PA

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.

Ten tips to help you stop smoking during Stoptober

Thousands of smokers are stubbing out their last cigarette as they take part in a "mass quit" attempt. Credit: PA Wire

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government's principle medical adviser, has called on the nation's eight million smokers to take part in "Stoptober" which challenges smokers to quit for a month.

Visit ITV Central to get addiction expert Professor Mark Griffiths' top ten tips to help kick the habit.

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Smoking campaign costs 'a couple of million' pounds

Health minister Norman Lamb, who revealed he quit smoking last week, said the cost of the campaign was about "a couple of million" pounds.

He told BBC Breakfast:

It costs the NHS over £2.7 billion a year, over 1,200 people admitted to hospital every day as a result of smoking, so this is an enormous killer.

With the number of lives that are lost, and the number of families that are destroyed as a result of that, surely to commit a bit of resource to a campaign that could result in saving lives is worthwhile.

People should 'enjoy' giving up smoking, says government health adviser

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said people should "enjoy" giving up smoking, as the nationwide's first ever quit campaign is launched.

She said: "Our new campaign is to get people enjoying giving up smoking.

"We encourage people not to reach for the packet, it really isn't helping you, engage with Stoptober and see if you can be one of the many people who will quit."

Government health adviser backs quit smoking campaign

The Government's most senior health adviser has backed the nationwide Stoptober quit smoking campaign and encouraged people to take up the scheme.

Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death in England, taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.

This is the first time that we have launched a mass quit attempt like Stoptober. I would encourage people who want to quit to get involved.

– Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies
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