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Lung Cancer

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the incidence of lung cancer in Glasgow among (a) men and (b) women is increasing or decreasing; and if he will make a statement.

The number of cases of lung cancer registered in Glasgow among men was 883 in 1975. The corresponding figure for 1984 (the latest year for which data are available) was 843, a slight decrease. However, equivalent figures for women were 268 in 1975 and 418 in 1984. The great majority of these cases—both in men and women — may be attributed to cigarette smoking and demonstrate how much harm results fom this habit.