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

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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.