More women falling prey to lung cancer

More women falling prey to lung cancer

So, according to calculations of scientists, by 2030 the death rate from lung cancer among women will increase by 43%.

In order to carry out their research, the group analysed the World Health Organisation records of breast and female lung cancer mortalities between 2008 to 2014.

The data included 52 countries including 29 from Europe, 14 from the Americas, seven from Asia, and two from Oceania.

"By 2030, the lung cancer age-standardized mortality rate (ASMR) is projected to be higher than the breast cancer ASMR in women in 26 of the 52 analyzed countries, adding 11 countries to the 15 that already reported this situation by 2010", the researchers wrote.

"While we have made great strides in reducing breast cancer mortality globally, lung cancer mortality rates among women are on the rise worldwide", said Martínez-Sánchez.

Future screening technology and therapeutics may also lower mortality rates, said the doctor. "Pollution is contributing a lot to the rise in lung cancer cases". Asian populations are increasingly adopting the Western way of life, but the latter is associated with higher rates of obesity and higher alcohol consumption, which can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Lung cancer is no more a smoker's disease and there is a growing incidence in youth, mostly owing to environmental factors like air pollution, a study on 150 lung cancer patients in Delhi has found.

The study was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Universities and Research, the government of Catalonia, the Italian Association for Research in Cancer, FEDER, and the Foundation for Science and Technology/Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Conversely, the breast cancer mortality rate is expected to decrease.

"If we do not implement measures to reduce smoking behaviors in this population, lung cancer mortality will continue to increase throughout the world", Martinez-Sanchez warned in a journal news release.

The downward trend in beast cancer deaths in Europe may be due to increasing participation in cancer screening programs and improved breast cancer treatments.

The researchers based their predictions on the assumption that current trends will stay the same for the next 20 years.