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  • Writer's pictureKirk Hartley

Women’s Lung Cancer Rates to Triple in the UK by 2040

Cancer’s toll continues to grow. Unless science intervenes, women’s lung cancer rates in the UK are expected to triple by 2040, according to new estimates. This new BBC article explains:

"Macmillan Cancer Support estimates cases in women will rise from about 26,000 in 2010 to 95,000 in 2040. Cases in men will increase from 39,000 to 42,000.

Macmillan warn that lung cancer gets just a quarter of the research funding given to breast cancer.

Lung cancer kills more people in the UK than any other cancer. Cases of lung cancer reflect smoking rates two to three decades earlier, and about 80% of cases are linked to tobacco.

The peak time for smoking in women was in the 1960s – 20 years after the peak in male smoking.

And while cases in women will far exceed those in men, the charity says that by 2040 fewer than half (47%) of women with lung cancer will be alive at least five years from diagnosis compared with three-fifths (59%) of men. An analysis by King’s College London for Macmillan suggests there will be an overall doubling of lung cancer cases from 65,000 in 2010 to 137,000 in 2040."

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