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By 2040 there will be twice as many women with lung cancer than men

Published on 13/11/2012

By 2040 there will be twice as many women living with lung cancer in the UK than men, warns a leading cancer charity.

By 2040 there will be twice as many women with lung cancer than men

Cases of lung cancer reflect smoking rates two to three decades earlier. The peak time of smoking in women was in the 1960s, about 20 years after the peak in male smoking. Consequently, Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that lung cancer cases in women will rise significantly faster than the number of men with the disease over the next 30 years.

The charity predicts that the cases in women will rise from about 26,000 in 2010 to 95,000 in 2040. Cases in men will also increase to 42,000. The surge means that by 2040 there will be more than twice as many women with lung cancer than men.

Lung cancer is the third most common form of the illness in women after breast and bowel, but it is also one of the deadliest. Macmillan Cancer Support predicts that by 2040 only 47% of women with lung cancer will be alive at least five years from diagnosis, compared with 59% of men.

But despite being one of the deadliest forms of the disease, lung cancer gets just a quarter of the research funding given to breast cancer, even though it claims three times as many lives. Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, 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.”

“Lung cancer survival needs to improve. Prevention is important but so too is research into the disease and its treatment. It is nonsensical that research in this area receives such minimal funding compared with other cancers. This has to change.”

Non-smokers will usually benefit from discounted medical insurance rates because they are less likely to fall ill. Some medical insurance policies offer discounted stop smoking sessions to help their customers live a healthier lifestyle. For more information compare health insurance quotes online.

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