Lung cancer in women on rise, reveal experts

More than men, women are at a risk of lung cancer due to consuming tobacco products. Especially, women from the economically lower-class are at risk of developing lung cancer, was the belief. But, in the past few years, cancer is also increasing among women in economically sound families, said experts


The month of November is celebrated as Lung Cancer Awareness month. Many experts expressed their opinions about this, while speaking to My Medical Mantra. The percentage of lung cancer in women is increasing at a rapid rate, due to consumption of tobacco and tobacco products.

Dr Krutarth Thakar, onco surgeon at Wockhardt Hospitals said, “Currently, the number of working women who smoke is increasing. Besides, women are smoking in large numbers compared to males.  Therefore the percentage of lung cancer in women is increasing.  Since last five years, the numbers have gone up rapidly.”

He added, “Lung cancer is of the leading cancer. Still, there is no awareness regarding it.  Every day, I see two patients who come to me for the treatment of lung cancer.”

According to experts, lifestyle changes have become an important factor leading to  cancer in women. There is an increase in the number of women smoking in urban areas. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, 76 lakh people worldwide die from lung cancer every year.


  • A new cough that doesn’t go away
  • Changes in a chronic cough or “smoker’s cough”
  • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Bone pain
  • Headache

Dr Aditya Agarwal, a Chest Specialist at Bhatia Hospital said, “Lung cancer causes mainly due to the consumption of tobacco products. Out of 10 patients, 8 suffer from lung cancer due to tobacco consumption, reveals a medical research. It can be hereditary too.

According to Dr Agarwal, lung cancer can cause due to pollution.