Lung Cancer Now Kills More Women Than Breast Cancer – TheHealthPunch

Lung Cancer Now Kills More Women Than Breast Cancer

For a long time, breast cancer has been the leading cause of death in the female population. That has now changed, as lung cancer has moved up to No. 1 on the list.

There are a few big factors that may have contributed to this shift, the most significant being the attention that breast cancer awareness receives around the world, especially here in the United States. Another explanation is that the long-term effects of tobacco use are catching up to the older population.

The recently released study was conducted with statistics compiled in 2012, and in that year approximately 210,00 women died from lung cancer whereas just under 200,000 women died of breast cancer. This may sound like a concerning trend but researchers believe that due to the recent decrease in widespread tobacco use, the number of lung cancer related deaths will soon peak and begin to decline.

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Lung cancer affects women differently than it does men, with women typically developing the cancer at a younger age. Another interesting bit of information on women with lung cancer is that over half of the female population afflicted with the illness have never smoked.

All in all, cancer killed over 8 million people worldwide in 2012 with nearly 20 percent of those deaths being from the US.

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