Most women in the UK significantly underestimate the risks of lung cancer, a survey suggests.
The survey carried out by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation discovered that four in five women did not know the disease was the UK's biggest cancer killer in women.
Most women believed that breast and cervical cancer caused more deaths, even though lung cancer causes more fatalities than the other two combined, claiming 15,000 lives each year.
The survey of more than 2,000 women also found they failed to recognise the poor recovery chances from lung cancer. Only one in 11 women survives more than five years.
The charity has launched the Women Against Lung Cancer campaign to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer. It also aims to step up efforts to deter women from smoking and encourage them to quit. Its patron is Dame Judi Dench whose husband Michael Williams died of the illness.
Dame Judi said: "As a woman who has lost her husband to lung cancer, this is a campaign close to my heart.
"I would urge women who smoke to consider giving up or to be vigilant to the symptoms and see their doctor as early as possible if they have any concerns."