DHAKA: Lung cancer is set to overtake breast cancer as the biggest cause of female cancer death in Europe, say experts.
This is already the case in the UK and Poland, the Annals of Oncology reports, says the BBC.
The rise reflects a surge in the number of women who started smoking in the 1960s and 1970s, the experts say.
The lung cancer death rate will continue on its upward trend for the next few years - but with fewer young European women now starting to smoke, it should decrease with time.
In 2013, some 82,640 European women will die from lung cancer, while 88,886 will die from breast cancer.
And by 2015 the balance will have shifted and lung cancer will take the lead, according to Professor Carlo La Vecchia and colleagues.
They looked at cancer rates for the EU as a whole (27 member states as at 2007) and also in six individual countries - France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK - for all cancers, and, individually, for stomach, intestine, pancreas, lung, prostate, breast, uterus (including cervix) and leukaemias.
Figures show that although more and more people are developing cancer - because they are living longer - overall, fewer are dying from the disease.
Despite the decline in total cancer deaths, lung cancer death rates continue to rise among women in all EU countries.
BDST: 1413 HRS, FEB 13, 2013
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