Lunf Cancer Soon to Overtake Breast Cancer as the Main Cause of Cancer Deaths in European Women

logo1267406_mdA new article in the Annals of Oncology concluded that lung cancer is likely to overtake breast cancer as the main cause of cancer deaths among European women by the middle of this decade and that it has already happened in the UK and Poland.

The study looked at cancer rates in the whole of the European Union (27 member states in 2007) and six individual countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and UK). for all cancers, and individually for stomach, intestine, pancreas, lung, prostate, breast, uterus (including cervix), and leukemia. This is their third year of publishing predicted EU cancer deaths and this year they focused on intestinal cancers, particularly colorectal cancers and found a drop in rates for these cancer when compared to 2005-2009. Variations by country were noted in the research.

From previous data they found that the overall rate of cancer deaths have dropped but lung cancer rates continue to rise among women while breast cancer rates decline. In 2013 there will be a breast cancer rate for women among this population of 14.6 per 100,000 while the lung cancer rate will be 14 per 100,000 representing a 7% increase in lung cancer among women since 2009.  The researcher said “If these opposite trends in breast and lung cancer rates continue, then in 2015 `lung cancer is going to become the first cause of cancer mortality in Europe. This is already true in the UK and Poland, the two countries with the highest rates: 21.2 and 17.5 per 100,000 women respectively.”

It is believed that the rise in lung cancer rates are related to increased smoking among this population.

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