What’s the Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths for Women?

Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths for Women

cancer deathsWe talk a lot about breast cancer but every once in a while it’s important for us to shed light on cancer as a whole. No matter what cancer you have, it’s a terrible disease we are fighting every day to end.

On February 4 ,2015 a report was released by the American Cancer Society. This report shared the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in developed countries. Surprisingly, although breast cancer is one of the most popular types of cancers, it isn’t the leading cancer killer.

According to Dr. Jay Harness, developing this type of cancer might may be avoided by making the right, healthy choice for yourself. Find out what the leading cause of cancer deaths are for women in the video below.


Dr. Jay K. Harness:  What is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in developed countries?  Here is some important new information.

At Breast Cancer Answers, we talk about a variety of subjects from being newly diagnosed treatment, the chemotherapy, the surgery, the survivorship to a variety of issues, but every now and then we actually need to talk about dying from cancer and cancer mortality.

February 4, 2015 was World Cancer Day and on this day, a special new report was released by the American Cancer Society in conjunction with the international agency for research on cancer and what came out of this report is the fact that lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death for women in developed countries.  What I have meant by developed countries, the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Now in the United States, we have known for some time that the actual leading cancer killer of women has been lung cancer, but now this is emerged in the more developed and other developed countries around the world.  This is sort of catching up with the smoking epidemic that is going on for women and finally the reality of that epidemic is catching up to us and so that interestingly and sadly frankly lung cancer is now the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries. 

Now, worldwide the leading cancer killer of women is actually breast cancer because in the less developed parts of the world, breast cancer often presents as a very locally advanced or even stage IV.  We also know that smoking is a risk factor for breast cancer in addition to being a cancer killer of women.  Now what I find particularly disturbing about this report is that so many of these cancers are preventable. 

If we took the cancer control mechanisms that we haven’t placed today for a smoking cessation, early detection of breast cancer, vaccines for cervical cancer, and preventing liver cancers.  If we implement those cancer control methods worldwide, we would significantly lower cancer mortality worldwide.  At World Cancer Day, they now estimate that in 2012, there were 14.1 million new cancers has diagnosed worldwide with 8.2 million cancer deaths, so it’s important that we all realize the negative impact of cigarette smoking.  If you are a cigarette smoker, please stop. 

We also know that living a heart healthy life is not only important for preventing cardiovascular disease, strokes, and heart attacks which are a leading killer of women, but also important in preventing breast cancer.  Please remember here at Breast Cancer Answers, we were always advocating a heart healthy life.  Certainly stop smoking, exercise more, get your weight under control, and eat heart healthy diet.

Thank you for your attention with this very important matter.

Dr. Jay Harness is a surgeon specializing in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, risk assessment and counseling, management of breast health issues and breast cancer treatment in Orange County, California. Dr. Harness completed his general surgery residency at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.