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Young women warned of lung cancer risks
Date:4/2/2009

Seventeen people are still dying from lung cancer each week in Northern Ireland despite a small improvement in survival rates for the disease.

The figures are revealed by a report launched today by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) at Queen's University Belfast.

The NICR is holding a joint launch today with Macmillan Cancer Support which has released its own report on the experience of patients living with lung cancer and their carers in Northern Ireland, highlighting that services are not meeting their needs.

The Queen's report, entitled Monitoring care of patients with lung cancer in Northern Ireland diagnosed 2006, details the facts of the disease from the numbers of people diagnosed, to trends, treatment and survival.

It looked at the experiences of more than 2,200 lung cancer patients over a decade and points to a fall in cases for men under 65 but not for women in this age group. Lung cancer now kills more women than breast cancer in Northern Ireland.

While highlighting the need for continued work to prevent the condition in all sections of the population by addressing smoking, it also acknowledges the commitment of staff who treat patients with the disease.

Among the Queen's University NICR report's findings were:

  • Around 900 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in Northern Ireland each year
  • Survival, although slightly improved, is very poor. In 1996 only 23 per cent of patients were alive one year after diagnosis. By 2006 this had improved to 27 per cent
  • In 2006, 81 per cent of patients had serious symptoms including coughing up blood, pain and breathlessness
  • 48 per cent of patients were diagnosed with late stage disease, pointing to the need to further promote earlier diagnosis.
  • One third of patients were unsuitable for any type of surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy

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Contact: Andrea Clements
a.clements@qub.ac.uk
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert  

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