MORE women are now dying from lung cancer than breast cancer, it has been revealed.
According to the latest report by the National Cancer Registry, lung cancer is the most common cancer in both men and women.
And while in recent years cases of lung cancer have been declining among men, the disease is soaring among women.
The NCR predicts rates of lung cancer will rise in women by 136 per cent by 2040 and will increase in men by 52 per cent.
Cancer Prevention manager at Irish Cancer Society Kevin O’Hagan said: “It is true that there are now more deaths in women from lung cancer than breast cancer. It’s very frightening.
“The impact on women from smoking seems to be more severe than in men.”
He added: We’re seeing a very significant increase in lung cancers over the last number of years and I think primarily a lot of women started to smoke in the 1960s and 1970s.
“Prior to that it was primarily men who were doing the smoking, we’re seeing the impact now of that.”
Around 2,300 Irish people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year – 55 per cent higher than the EU average.
Mr O’Hagan said quitting smoking is most important in cancer prevention.
He said: “If people have been smoking for a long time they should talk to a doctor about it.”
After not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and moderate alcohol intake are also important.
Mr O’Hagan said: “A lot of people aren’t aware alcohol is carcinogenic so it is linked to cancer and breast cancer for women.”