Lung cancer mortality in women is expected to dramatically increase worldwide by 2030, according to a study involving data from 52 countries and conducted at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
The study authors note strides in lowering breast cancer mortality rates worldwide – over the same period, deaths from breast cancer are expected to decrease by about 9 percent. They cite increased smoking rates as the primary cause for higher numbers of lung cancer deaths in women.
The researchers analyzed breast cancer and lung cancer data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Mortality Database from 2008 to 2014. The analysis included information from 29 European countries, 14 in North and South America, seven in Asia, and 2 in Oceania – all with populations over 1 million.
They projected that the female lung cancer mortality will increase from 11.2 per 100,000 per year in 2015 to 16.0 in 2030. High-income countries are expected to have higher mortality rates for both lung and breast cancer than middle-income countries, but overall breast cancer mortality is likely to have declined.
Sourced from: Cancer Research