Number Of Women With Lung Cancer Soars
The number of women being diagnosed with lung cancer has soared to 20,000 each year - an increase of 22%.
The new statistics, from Cancer Research UK, show the number of cases has risen from 14,200, 20 years ago.
The increase in rates of lung cancer has been blamed upon the fashion for smoking among women in the 1960s and 1970s.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer of women and has been for some time.
"Breast cancer awareness campaigns have been hugely successful over the years and we need to do the same for lung cancer.
"The majority of women know to check for a lump in their breast but do most women know a persistent cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer?
"It's also important to stress that it is not only smokers who get lung cancer. Lung cancer can affect any woman at any time, so please be aware of what symptoms to look out for as it might just save your life."
More than 16,0001 women die from lung cancer every year compared to 11,6432 from breast cancer, 919 from cervical cancer3 and 4,2714 from ovarian cancer.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has launched a campaign, called Red Lipstick selfie, inviting people to wear red lipstick and post a selfie on social media to raise awareness of the biggest cancer killer of women.
The trend, known with the hashtag #redlipstickselfie, was set up by Victoria Herd as a tribute to her mum, Janice Leverett, who died from lung cancer in March 2014.
Victoria chose red lipstick as the theme because her mum wore it constantly, “even on the beach or in hospital having an MRI scan.”
She said: “The key to improving survival rates is catching lung cancer early. Hopefully the new format of referrals that has recently been released will enable GPs to send patients for crucial tests more quickly.
“Increasing awareness is also crucial; making more people aware that lung cancer is not just a smoker's disease and that, unfortunately, everyone is at risk of this awful disease.”
“The more people we make aware of lung cancer, the more lives can be saved.”
For more information, please visit www.roycastle.org/redlipstickselfie