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Lung cancer rates double in women over 60 since mid-1970s

9th March 2011

Lung cancer rates have more than doubled in women over 60 since the mid-1970s, new figures show.

According to statistics released by Cancer Research UK, rates of the disease among British women aged 60 and over were 190 per 100,000 in 2008, compared to just 88 per 100,000 in 1975.

More than 15,100 women over 60 were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, including more than 4,700 cases among over-80s.

However, rates of the disease among 40 to 49-year-old women have fallen by a fifth since 1975, while levels among women aged 70 to 79 have stopped rising over the last ten years.

Jean King, director of tobacco control at Cancer Research UK, said: "We would like the government to introduce a comprehensive and well-funded tobacco control strategy that targets at-risk groups and stops young people from beginning an addiction that kills half of all long-term smokers."

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, added that lung cancer has been the biggest cancer killer among British women for some time, while calling for a ban on cigarette displays in shops.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800451539-ADNFCR

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