Before anything else is said, it should be noted that lung cancer kills more people each year than the next four largest cancer killers combined. With this fact established, there is good and bad news on the lung cancer front, not only in terms of the rates at which people are diagnosed, but also regarding that most important way to lower death rates (besides not smoking) – early lung cancer detection.
Medical News Today reports that lung cancer among women in the United Kingdom is still rising. On the other hand, HealthDay, an online publication of U.S. News, points out that lung cancer rates among women in the United States are declining, and rates among men continue a retreat that has been going on for some years now.
According to the Medical News Today story, between 1975 and 2009, cases of lung cancer among women in the UK exploded from fewer than 8,000 to more than 18,000. Meanwhile, lung cancer cases among men in the UK have been dropping significantly. In 1975, there were 110 cases per 100,000 men. By 2009, the rate had shrunk to 58.8 per 100,000. Still, more than 23,000 men were diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK in 2009.