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Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

A new study has found that young women in the United States are more likely to have lung cancer than men.

The researchers expected to find a link between the rate of smoking among women and the rise in lung cancer cases in young women.

Being the deadliest type of cancer for both women and men in the United States, the disease has a major contributor as cigarette smoking for almost 80 - 90 per cent cases of diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings obtained during the research have been disclosed in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

"Future studies are needed to identify the reasons for the higher incidence of lung cancer in young women", said the researchers.

"Women are at greater risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer than men", Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told CBS News. Some experts believe that women are much more hard to quit this bad habit, so by starting to smoke, ladies in most cases make Smoking a lifelong "hobby", in contrast to men, among which there are cases of refusal of tobacco use. The difference is that the declines have been more marked in men than women.

For the new study, the researchers examined the most recent lung cancer data for 1995 through 2014 as they relate to sex, race or ethnic group, age, year of diagnosis and year of birth.

Scientists can not explain the gender crossover by just looking at smoking patterns alone.

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Among whites, incidence rates for women surpassed those of men in almost every age group: ages 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, and 45 to 49, the researchers say.

Amongst both males and females, lung cancer is the leading reason for cancer death in the United States, inning accordance with the American Cancer Society.

Another possible description is that females might be more vulnerable to the unfavorable impacts of smoking cigarettes than guys although this theory has actually not been shown conclusively, the research study authors compose.

After treating her for pneumonia, doctors eventually discovered the 44-year-old mother of three, a non-smoker, in fact had stage-4 lung cancer. Jemal continued that women and men tend to develop different forms of lung cancer.

"It is a little scary", said Giovino, who was not involved in the study but has researched lung cancer rates. But men saw a sharper decrease, so that the traditional male-female pattern flipped.

The American Cancer Society has an overview on lung cancer. "If this brings more attention to tobacco use prevention and control, that's a good thing".


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