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Lung cancer in women to soar

12th November 2012

Macmillan Cancer Support has estimated that the number of women with lung cancer in the UK will more than triple by 2040.

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The research, which was carried out for the charity by King's College London, showed cases could rise from around 26,000 in 2010 to 95,000 in 2040.

The increase was estimated to be significantly higher in women than men, with male cases predicted to increase from 39,000 to 42,000.

The charity said only 47% of women with lung cancer would survive for longer than five years after they were diagnosed, in comparison to 59% of men.

Around four-fifths of lung cancer cases are associated with tobacco use and the disease is responsible for causing more deaths in the UK than any other kind of cancer.

The researchers said lung cancer cases would double, due to an ageing population, from 65,000 in 2010 to 137,000 in 2040.

The chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Ciaran Devane, said: "Lung cancer is often overlooked among cancers but these figures should serve as a firm reminder that it is still very much a cancer killer."

"For most cancers in the UK we are looking at how we can cope with a population of long-term survivors with health complications. With lung cancer we are a long way from even being able to consider these issues."

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