A report developed by Queens University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry has explored trends in lung cancer incidence and care in Northern Ireland. Similar to trends in the Republic of Ireland, the report shows a significant rise in cases of lung cancer among women, driven by increased uptake of female smoking in previous decades.
Health inequalities are profound in Northern Ireland’s lung cancer pattern. 230 fewer men and 190 fewer women would be diagnosed each year with lung cancer in Northern Ireland if the lung cancer incidence rates (2010-2014) in the least deprived area applied to all of Northern Ireland. 49% of lung cancer patients in the study who had their smoking status recorded were current smokers. For support and advice on quitting smoking, go to www.want2stop.info.