Lung Cancer Now Most Lethal Cancer Among Women

Cancer affects millions of people around the world every year. For many years, breast cancer has been the most lethal cancer among women in developed countries. And while the number of families dealing with this disease is not dwindling, another form of cancer is stepping up as a serious threat against women. According to the American Cancer Society states that lung cancer is now the most lethal cancer for women. This comes as a surprise to many and a ramped up effort to warn women to protect themselves against lung cancer.

90 percent of lung cancers can be attributed to smoking. Researchers believe that the uptick in lung cancer diagnoses among women is due to the fact that there was an explosion in the number of women worldwide who smoked about four decades ago. Since lung cancer often does not come about for many years after exposure, the past is now coming back to haunt many people, even if they quit smoking years ago. Lung cancer has been the most fatal cancer for men since the 1950s.

While 29 percent of new cancer cases in women are from breast cancer, there are only 15 percent of estimated deaths for women. Estimated deaths from lung cancer have jumped to 26 percent among females, and around 13 percent of new cases. Breast cancer deaths are on the decline as education and early detection has increased remission rates. Additionally, the numbers of smokers continues to decline and therefore so should the amount of lung cancer deaths.

In addition to not smoking, there are other things women and men alike can do to protect themselves against lung cancer. Staying away from second-hand smoke and other air toxins is important, as 10-15 percent of lung cancer cases occur in people that have never actually smoked. Getting routine exercise and making sure to get plenty of vitamins and minerals are also vital, as they will help to improve your immunity. To really give your immune system a boost, engage in regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care manipulates the spine, allowing for better blood flow and therefore a more powerful immune system.

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