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Rising levels of lung cancer in women

Rising numbers of women are being diagnosed with lung cancer, official figures show. 

However, the number of men being diagnosed with lung cancer is falling. 

The statistics have been released by Public Health England (PHE) to mark the start of Stoptober, the UK's 28-day stop smoking challenge. 

With over eight million smokers in England, tobacco use remains the nation's biggest killer. Half of long-term smokers die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. 

Less than a third of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive the first year, and only 8% will still be alive five years later. 

Kevin Fenton, PHE director of Health and Wellbeing said: “We are seeing worrying levels of smoking among women which is clearly having an impact on their health and reported cases of lung cancer. Smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer, and survival rates are very poor.

“If smokers can stop for 28-days they are five times more likely to be able remain smokefree for good, and we would encourage all smokers to join the thousands of other taking part and help dramatically improve their long and short term health."