11/09/2012 Spain (BG) - Of the 24,500 new cases of cancer set to be diagnosed in Spain in 2012, 5,200 are reported to be in woman, representing an increase of nearly 50% compared to 2006, according to MD Anderson Cancer Centre. The Centre believes this shocking increase is as a result of the fact many Spanish nationals take up smoking later in life while the number of smokers in Spain also continues to rise.
Lung cancer represents 13% of all cancer diagnosis and is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. However, while deaths from the four most common forms of cancer, lung, breast, prostate and colorectal, are decreasing, cases of lung cancer among Spanish women continue to rise.
Organisations and health officials are this week raising awareness of the disease and issuing advice on how to reduce your chances of contracting the illness. Although factors such as personal history, lung disease and some occupations that expose workers to certain harmful chemical are difficult to control, exposure to highest risk factors such as pollution and, above all, tobacco is preventable.
Dr. José Miguel Sánchez Torres, Medical Oncologist MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Madrid, revealed “15% of smokers develop lung cancer, and far from popular belief, the consumption of ‘light’ cigarettes does not reduce the risk of contracting the disease”.
He later added “Quitting significantly decreases the risk of developing lung cancer, so much so, that 15 years after giving up, former smokers possess the same risk of developing the disease as non smokers”. Experts continue to denounce smoking and advise smokers to immediately abandon the habit before it’s too late.
However, for those who are unfortunate enough to develop the disease medical experts have announced that most forms of tumors are treatable and in most cases available treatments improve the quality of a patient’s life and prolong their survival.