For the first time this year, lung cancer fatalities amongst European women are ready to surpass the breast cancer deaths.
Women in the United Kingdom are what drives this trend so high, according to researchers. Between the years 2009-2015, lung cancer deaths are on pace to rise by at least 9% while breast cancer deaths have decreased 10.2% in one year.
Lung cancer seems to be hovering over Poland and the UK with 17 and 21 per 100,000 people faced with mortality.
Professor Carlo La Vecchia, the lead researcher from the University of Milan noted: “UK and Polish women…have long had much higher lung cancer rates than other European countries. This is due to the fact that the British women started smoking during the second world war, while most other EU countries women started after 1968.”
Dr. Penny Woods from the British Lung Foundation believes: “This latest forecast demonstrates once again just how poorly the UK measures up to the Europe in this arena. Lung cancer rates in UK women far exceed those of their EU neighbors – and should be a cause of national embarrassment.”
The doctor also believes that since 4 out of 5 cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking it is best if men and women quit smoking immediately to decrease their chances in developing lung cancer. These individuals must also educate themselves on the warning signs and symptoms and try to stay as healthy as possible. It is time to start taking this disease seriously and prevention is the absolute key.
The doctor also states: “If we are to reduce the death toll of this devastating cancer we must see it given the same level of investment in research as we have seen afforded to other cancers, such as breast cancer.”