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Lung cancer now kills more women than breast cancer

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The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 265 No 7119 p595
October 21, 2000 Clinical

Lung cancer now kills more women than breast cancer

Lung cancer has become the main cause of cancer death among British women, according to the Cancer Research Campaign.
It is the first time that lung cancer mortality has overtaken breast cancer mortality. CRC figures show that last year, 12,765 women died of lung cancer compared with 12,677 who died of breast cancer. The charity says that there has been a 36 per cent increase in lung cancer mortality over the past 20 years compared with a 5 per cent decrease in breast cancer mortality. The CRC suggests that early detection and better treatments could explain the fall in breast cancer. It blames smoking for the rise in lung cancer.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20003309

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