Lung cancer rates in young US women exceed men, despite fewer smokers


It's true, Jemal said, that American women and men have become increasingly similar in their smoking rates. In the United States, 17.5 percent of adult men and 13.5 percent of adult women now smoke cigarettes, according to data published January 2018 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Women are now at a greater risk of lung cancer than men, despite historical trends that say otherwise. "We really don't know why this is, and we are going to do further research", he said.

Smoking cigarettes patterns do not completely discuss this modification, so more research study is required, the authors state.

This is despite ongoing attempts to find a therapy that could lengthen or ultimately save lives.

New research shows while lung cancer rates are declining overall in both men and women, younger women under 50 are now more likely to get lung cancer than younger men. "This may have contributed to the steeper decline in lung cancer among men".

The new study, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, offers a mix of both positive and negative results.

The experts cannot find objective reasons for such a pattern, however, the number of young people suffering from lung cancer has decreased in comparison with indicators of the past.

"Smoking prevalence among women has still generally not exceeded that of men", said lead study author Ahmedin Jemal, PhD, according to CBS News.

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"We do not believe sex differences in smoking behavior explain our finding of a gender crossover".

Up to 20 percent of women who get lung cancer are non-smokers like Torchia. She was floored when she found out that she had stage 4 lung cancer.

For example, while smoking prevalence among Hispanic women is much less than among their male counterparts, their lung cancer rate is higher.

Lung cancer in younger women is now being diagnosed more frequently than in men.

For the study's authors, however, the conclusions are very valuable.

"Smokers should know that those who quit - especially by age 40 - can largely avoid lung cancer", Jemal said. "My mother died of lung cancer, so this stuff resonates with me".

Analysts say that in the 90-ies of the last century, smokers were more than 13% of women and 6% of girls in high school. She's sharing her story to raise awareness for more research. Yet the percentage of female smokers is still smaller than that of male smokers. There's some evidence with African-Americans who smoke fewer cigarettes per day yet have higher lung cancer rates than other groups, he said.