Women Most at Risk from Cancer and Heart Disease; STUDY SHOWS THAT SCREENING HAS HELPED BRING DOWN THE NUMBER OF DEATHS

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), April 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Women Most at Risk from Cancer and Heart Disease; STUDY SHOWS THAT SCREENING HAS HELPED BRING DOWN THE NUMBER OF DEATHS


Byline: ALAN HARRIS

CANCER and heart disease are the biggest killers of Coventry women, a study shows.

Figures in a Coventry public health report reveals 1,481 women died in the city in 2001.

Of these, 626 were from circulatory disease - mainly heart disease and strokes - and 338 from cancer, mostly of the breast and lungs.

Dr Keith Williams, director of public health at Coventry Primary Care Trust and author of the report, said breast cancer deaths were falling despite being the most common cancer in women.

He said: "Screening for breast cancer has saved some lives and treatment for it has improved in the last few years.

"Lung cancer, although a lot less in men, has risen in women since they started smoking 20 years ago and has a longer lead-in time.

"Smoking cessation in women is very important because lung cancer could overtake breast cancer and become the biggest killer in women in a few years time."

Apart from cancer and heart disease, other high causes of death in women include respiratory disease (170), of which 71 women died of pneumonia at an average age of 83.

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