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World No Tobacco Day

With World No Tobacco Day 2015 just around the corner, we focus on lung cancer, and why it’s still such a difficult disease to treat

Worldwide, nearly 1.83 million new cases of lung cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.  Around 1.59 million people were estimated to have died from lung cancer during that same year. Shockingly, in the UK just 5 per cent of newly diagnosed lung cancer patients will survive 10 or more years, compared to around 80 per cent of patients with breast cancer or prostate cancer and 98% for testicular cancer.

In fact survival rates for lung cancer have actually not shown much improvement since the 1970s. But why is this still the case, when we have made such incredible leaps and bounds with other cancers?

Sunday 31st May 2015 is World No Tobacco Day. On our blog this week, we are talking about lung cancer, and why it’s still such a difficult disease to treat.

 

Many thanks to Professor Michael Seckl for his microscope picture of non-small cell lung cancer in zebrafish.