Lung cancer on rise in women

Women are being urged to give up smoking as incidences of lung cancer increase.
Women are being urged to give up smoking as incidences of lung cancer increase. B-D-S

LUNG cancer is on the rise for Australian women and Cancer Council Queensland is calling on all Queenslanders to quit smoking for good.

Statistics from the Queensland Cancer Registry showed lung cancer incidence rates for women in Queensland had increased by 2.3% each year, while incidence rates for men had fallen by 1.4% each year.

Mortality rates for women had also increased by 2.4% each year since 1982 (when data collection began) and had decreased in men by 1.6% each year.

In 2008 (most recent data available) in Queensland, 1298 men and 750 women were diagnosed with lung cancer, and 1016 men and 515 women died of the disease.

Cancer Council Queensland's Louise Baldwin said the different pattern of incidence rates in males and females reflected differences in smoking behaviours.

"Lung cancer is the leading cancer-related cause of death among both males and females," she said.

"Tobacco smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer and today's rising mortality rates in women are a result of trends in smoking from 15-30 years earlier."

For more information and support quitting, phone the Cancer Council Helpline on 131 120 or Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 7848).


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