Symptoms of lung cancer are less likely to lead a woman to visit the doctor than signs of other types of cancer, according to a research.
One explanation could be that most women, according to a survey, are unaware that lung cancer kills more of them than any other form of the disease.
Just one fifth seem to know that the disease in the lung is the biggest cancer killer for them. Most women (80%) think either breast or cervical cancer caused more female deaths in the UK, the survey for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) showed.
Cancer Research UK says that lung cancer claims the lives of more women than cervical and breast cancer combined. The charity points out that cancer of the lung kills around 15,000 women a year and cancer of either the cervix or breast kills a total of 13,000 women.
Dr Marianne Nicolson, consultant medical oncologist for NHS Grampian, said: “The fact that the majority of women do not recognise the seriousness of a diagnosis of lung cancer is a real concern.
“Most women know about self-examination for signs of breast cancer, such as a lump, and to seek immediate medical advice if they have concerns.
“The results of this survey show that women are less likely to see their doctor urgently if they display symptoms of lung cancer, such as a constant cough.”