In Europe, lung cancer ranks third among the most common cancers, however, it remains the biggest killer. Recent European cancer mortality projections predict a downward trend in most cancer types in both sexes. Worldwide, tobacco use is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for lung cancer mortality. There is a need for integrated prevention action across the life span, combining both primary and secondary prevention. Implementing comprehensive tobacco control policies is paramount in tackling the tobacco uptake by youth, leading to premature mortality. Nevertheless, policies require time to show their results. In the short term, promoting tobacco cessation among current smokers and screening high-risk smokers will have a higher impact in reducing tobacco-related mortality.
The European Lung Foundation (ELF)Founded by ERS in 2000, ELF brings together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health.Visit the ELF site