Health experts have highlighted the growing concerns of the increase in the number of women developing lung cancer.
Smoking can cause serious health problems
The concerns come on the day the annual Stopober challenge begins as thousands across the UK attempt to go the whole month of October without smoking.
The rate of women who are diagnosed with lung cancer has increased since 1990 whilst the rate of men developing the same disease has decreased significantly over the same time period.
In 1990, the rate of women developing lung cancer was 32.6 for every 100,000 women in England. The figure is now 39 out of 100,000, according to data from the UK Cancer Information Service.
Now officials have more people to take part in the mass quit attempt that is launched every year with advertising campaigns on television and the radio.
“Tobacco causes more than a fifth of all cancer cases and around a quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK every year,” according to Cancer Research UK.
Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: "We are seeing worrying levels of smoking among women which is clearly having an impact on their health and reported cases of lung cancer.
“Smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer, and survival rates are very poor. Less than a third (30 per cent) of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive the first year, and only 8 per cent will still be alive five years later.”
Previous studies have indicated that people who stop smoking for a period of 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.
Some health insurance policies will offer lower premiums to people who do not currently smoke or have not smoked at all.
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