As per a report being released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), it has been revealed that a significant decline has been witnessed in the number of deaths occurring in men due to lung cancer.
AIHW Spokesman Dr. Adrian Webster was of the view that the decline has been seen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. The report revealed that COPD death rate has declined by 25% per 100,000 men in 2009.
Webster said that male death reports were at peak in 1970, but a notable change has been witnessed since then. Webster said that death rate depends on tobacco consumption, and it has been found that there has been a significant decline in the number of men taking tobacco products.
It seems that efforts of health experts have given due results. A lot of health campaigns were being launched in order to encourage men that they should not smoke any of the tobacco products. Webster said that female death rate for COPD has always been low, as they were never into smoking as men were.
However, it has been seen that the trend is changing with the passage of time, as women are getting into the habit of smoking. There are many reasons for it, and one of the main reasons is that cigarette companies have convinced women that smoking is an integral part of modern lifestyle. If they are not smoking, then they face the danger of being excluded from the circle of modern women.
In addition, British Columbia researchers are working to reduce the cases of COPD. "When someone comes into the hospital with a severe lung attack, it usually takes 100 days to get to 80% of his or her baseline health”, said Dr. Don Sin, who is the Project Leader and Head of Respiratory Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital This is the reason that they want to develop some quick ways to diagnose the disease.