Italy: number of lung cancer cases by gender 2010-2015

The number of lung cancer cases recorded in Italy significantly increased from 2010 to 2015, among both men and women. However, this disease was more common among males than females. The main risk factors increasing the chances of getting lung cancer are smoking and exposure to toxic substances, such as asbestos, radon and heavy metals.  

Lung cancer prevalence

In 2018, lung tumor was the third most frequently diagnosed cancer among both males and females. Lung cancer accounted for 14 percent of the diagnoses among men . In the same year, it was estimated that 27,900 men and 13,600 women were newly diagnosed with lung cancer.  

Deaths caused by lung cancer

In 2014, trachea, bronchus and lung cancers were among the main causes of death in Italy . The geographical distribution of deaths caused by these types of tumors in 2015, reveals that they were mainly prevalent among men living in the south and on the Islands . The same cannot be said for women, since the highest number of deaths was registered among females living in the northwest of Italy.
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Number of lung cancer cases in Italy in 2010 and 2015, by gender
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