A new study has found women are risking their lives because they do not realise they are more likely to die from lung cancer than any other form of the disease.
Four out of five wrongly believe that they are at greater risk of being killed by breast or cervical cancer – and so are less vigilant about lung cancer symptoms, reports the Daily Mail.
Breast and cervical cancer together claim 13,000 lives every year, but lung cancer is responsible for 15,000 women’s deaths.
The survey of more than 2,000 women, commissioned by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, found that most are not aware of how deadly lung cancer can be.
Although symptoms of lung cancer such as constant cough, fatigue and weight loss were correctly identified by most women surveyed, almost 20 per cent would not see their doctor if they had any of them.
Most worryingly, one in 10 smokers, who are most at risk, would not see a doctor if they showed clear symptoms of lung cancer, said the survey.
Experts warned women to be on the lookout for a persistent cough in the same way they regularly check for breast lumps.
Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said the charity was launching a new campaign to alert women to the symptoms of lung cancer.