The Women's Lung Cancer Investigation Association (ICAPEM) has asked health authorities to reinforce prevention and anti-smoking policies for women with increased lung cancer.
MADRID According to the latest report by the Spanish Medical Oncology Society (SEOM), which was presented during the World Cancer Day celebration, for the first time in Spain, for lung cancer women. it has become the third case.
"The figures in the latest SEOM report should be a warning to health authorities before the phenomenon that our specialists have been warning for years of growth of this tumor among women," said Javier Castro, president of ICAPEM.
For four years, lung cancer in women has gone from the fourth most commonly taken third place, which is associated with an increase in female tobacco consumption. On the other hand, the incidence of lung tumors in men reflects a downward trend, while reducing male smoking.
"80% to 90% of lung tumors are related to smoking, and now we see the consequences of delayed inclusion of women in smoking, but if we do not act in time, our girls will be the first generation of women with lung cancer the most common cancer. ”Said Dr. De Castro.
A few years ago, remember that lung cancer in women just appeared on the list of the 10 most common tumors. At this point in time, the organization has insisted that health authorities, at both national and regional levels, should be more rigorous in line with the smoking law.
In addition, as the expert has added, we need to strengthen and promote smoking prevention policies, focusing on the latest ages, when we know that adolescents and young people are starting out in smoking habits.
Overall, the number of cancer cases in Spain has increased by 12 percent since 2015, mainly among women, of whom the registered increase was twice as high as for men (17.4% vs. 8%). , 2% for men).
And despite the progress made in recent years, lung cancer of both genders is still the cause of higher mortality (first in the analysis of male mortality and second in women after birth). In fact, lung cancer mortality in women has increased by 6.4 percent compared to last year. SEOM report.
"When we talk about lung cancer, we cannot forget that we are talking about a clearly preventable tumor, avoiding these deaths in our hands," the ICAPEM president concluded.