Lung cancer preventability statistics
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK.
Lung cancer incidence
In 2013, 45,372 cases of lung cancer were diagnosed. Of these cancer cases, 24,400 were in men and 20,972 were in women.
Lung cancer mortality
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK. In 2013, there were 35,497 deaths from lung cancer. Of these deaths, 19,498 were men and 15,999 were women.
By far the most important thing for reducing risk of lung cancer is not smoking. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of lung cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:
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There is also convincing evidence that supplements containing beta-carotene increase risk of lung cancer. This is one of the reasons WCRF UK recommends not using supplements to protect against cancer.