Health experts issue fresh offer of stop smoking support as lung cancer death rate increases

Following the publication of new data that shows an increasing lung cancer death rate in some age groups in Wales, experts at Public Health Wales have renewed their offer of NHS support to current smokers that want to quit.

Responding to the release of the latest report from the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU), Ashley Gould, Consultant in Public Health said: "We've known for a long time that smoking is the biggest cause of premature death and disability in Wales – it causes 16% of all cancers, and over 80% of lung cancers. "The publication of the latest cancer report by WCISU shows that the decrease in the death rate for several types of cancers, including lung cancer, since the early 2010s, has slowed down."

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Wales. It accounted for 1,891 deaths in 2017, which is more than 2 in 10 of all cancer deaths and more than that from bowel and breast cancers combined.