Experts to expect a rise in lung cancer deaths among women

A study in the journal Cancer Research looked at data from 52 countries and projects deaths from lung cancer among women will increase 43% globally by the year 2030.

Dr. Daniel Deetz, who practices pulmonary medicine for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, says that while other things can contribute to a lung cancer diagnosis, over 90% of lung cancer cases can be attributed to smoking.

Deetz says that smoking decreased in men faster than it did in women after its peak popularity in the 1960s, and that there has been an increase in marketing of smoking products to women.

“Fortunately, in the U.S., it may be getting a little bit better, but worldwide the incidence of lung cancer in women has been increasing,” said Deetz

Deetz says lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, and that is due, in part, to how hard the disease is to both detect and treat. However, some recent changes are starting to affect lung cancer treatment.

“We’ve, just over these past few years, had several improvements in the types of cancer therapy that we can offer patients, and so . . . the cure rates appear to be increasing,” said Deetz.

Along with lowering your risk for cancer, Deetz says quitting smoking has many other health benefits and saves money.