Lung cancer kills more Victorian women
Lung Cancer is expected to overtake breast cancer as Victoria’s leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
The Cancer Council has released figures showing Lung Cancer killed more than 1,100 men and nearly 700 women in Victoria in 2003.
The figure represents a slight increase on the previous year.
Todd Harper from Quit Victoria says while the number of deaths among men is falling, more women are being diagnosed with the disease.
Mr Harper says the figures reflect the situation in Victoria in the 1970s.
“We had a situation where there were very few if any warnings on cigarette packs, smoking was allowed on Victorian metropolitan buses and most forms of advertising by tobacco companies were still allowed,” he said.
“So we really have come a long way since then and we will see the benefits of actions taken to reduce smoking in public places.
“We’re expecting Lung Cancer cases amongst women to be peaking in the next few years and after that point hopefully decline.
“That would reflect a decline in smoking amongst women that occurred after the late 70s.”
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