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Lung Cancer Deaths Still High in Wales

April 10, 2014
Public Health

cigaretteNew figures released by Public Health Wales (PHW) show that lung cancer kills more people than any other type of cancer in the country. Nearly 1,900 people died of lung cancer in 2012, with the rate amongst women increasing by over a third in the last 10 years.

Dr Dyfed Wyn Huws, Director of the Welsh Cancer Intelligence Unit, thinks there are a number of lifestyle-related reasons for the current figures. “Smoking, moderate and excessive alcohol drinking, not exercising enough, obesity and a poor diet throughout our lives are contributing to the levels in Wales,” he said. “Smoking is by far the main risk for lung cancer, but air pollution such as traffic plays a part. Increased tax and duty, minimum alcohol pricing and plain cigarette packs would all really make a difference to cancer prevention in Wales.”

The new statistics follow a recent study that put Wales 28th out of 29 European countries in terms of five year survival rates for lung cancer. Figures also showed a link between rates of the disease and areas of deprivation, where survival levels were considerably worse. The news comes at the same time as pharmaceutical company NuCana announced a £34million investment in anti-cancer drugs to be developed at Cardiff University.