Ann Posted April 29, 2004 Share Posted April 29, 2004 [/b]Women's Lung Cancer An Epidemic, Study Says An epidemic of lung cancer among American women has been quietly growing for decades, an an end to the upsurge appears nowhere in sight, doctors reported last week. For women, deaths due to lung cancer now outstrip those caused by breast cancer and all gynecologic cancers combined, the researchers reported. The team of medical scientists who assessed the scope of lung cancer in women say mortality has continued to climb in women, even as smoking and deaths from the disease have declined in men. Deaths caused by smoking rose 600 percent in US women between 1930 to 1997, and continued to rise, the team of scientists said. "This is a true epidemic," said Dr. Jyoti Patel, an instructor in hematology and oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "The numbers are far beyond what we would have imagined 30 years ago." The American Cancer Society estimates 68,510 women will die of lung cancer this year, compared with 40,110 who will die of breast cancer. "People need to realize that lung cancer is a women's disease," added Patel, lead author of the study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "When you talk to most women, they don't seem to realize that they have a real susceptibility to lung cancer." Dr. Mark Kris, chief of thoracic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, said not only have smoking-incidence and lung cancer deaths risen in women for seven decades, they have continued to do so because the social pressures that drive smoking have not changed." "The face of lung cancer has changed," Kris added. "It used to occur mostly among people who were current smokers. The average person now getting cancer stopped smoking decades ago." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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