Young Women More Likely To Get Lung Cancer

Henrietta Strickland
May 26, 2018

A recent research study, released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked precisely at the link between these cancers and tobacco, examining all cancer diagnostics since 1995 in the general population and data on the number of smokers since 1970.

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

He noted that women and men tend to differ in the types of lung cancer they develop. But the decline has been steeper among men so that now, incidence of the disease is higher in white and Hispanic women born since the mid-1960s.

Breaking down the numbers, the researchers see new trends begin to emerge including an increase in the female-to-male incidence rate ratios among non-Hispanic white groups. There's some evidence with African-Americans who smoke fewer cigarettes per day yet have higher lung cancer rates than other groups, he said.

Some research has suggested women might be more biologically vulnerable to the damaging effects of cigarette smoke.

They do have at least one hypothesis.

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.

Researchers hypothesize that, maybe, the reduced exposure to asbestos, which is another lung cancer causing factor, has been more beneficial to men, who were usually more often exposed.

Regardless of ethnicity, men are more likely to smoke cigarettes.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in the United States.

Scientists hoped to find some link to explain why lung cancer rates among women born since 1960 now exceed men.

After treating her for pneumonia, doctors eventually discovered the 44 year-old mother of three - a non smoker - in fact had lung cancer.

The current study didn't include molecular and genetic anomalies over time, but Dr. Braiteh says that such information would be extremely helpful.

To examine lung cancer incidence, Jemal and his colleagues reviewed data from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, looking at cases of invasive lung cancer diagnosed between 1995 and 2014.

Because the mid-1960s, male-dominated occurrence rates for lung cancer not be true, the research study reveals.

"We don't know why this change has taken place", said Dr.

Sometimes bad things happen to people who do everything right.

Edelman also stressed that many smokers need five or more tries before they successfully quit.

The American Cancer Society has an overview on lung cancer.

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