In a new study, it shows that the lung cancer rate is higher in women than men. This new research which reveals this has changed the facts which were previously there about the occurrence of lung cancer. In the last two decades, lung cancer rates have gone down, and women ages from 30 to 54 have seen less of benefit.
According to Dr Otis Brawley, who is the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society said, “All of a sudden within the last 10 to 15 years, women are at greater risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer than men. We don’t know why this is and we are going to do further research. We have looked at smoking issues, and smoking patterns don’t fully explain this.”
Lung cancer is said to be the deadliest form of cancer in the United States for both women and men. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking of the cigarette contributes to about 80 to 90 percent of the lung cancers.
The study on this which was jointly conducted by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, the researchers have examined the nationwide population which was based on the incident of lung cancer as per sex, race or ethnic group, year of diagnosis, age and year of birth. This data also includes all the information on all the cases of invasive lung cancer which was diagnosed in the people whose age is 30 to 54 from the year 1995 through 2014 in about 46 states and the District of Columbia.
The analysis has shown the data of about past two decades which has the incidence of lung cancer which has generally decreased among the men and women which include races and ethnic groups. The lead author the study Ahmedin Jemal, who has done PhD said, “While the prevalence of smoking among men and women has converged over the past several decades, smoking prevalence among women has still generally not exceeded that of men. We do not believe sex differences in smoking behaviour explain our finding of a gender crossover.” He added by saying, “The crossover also occurred among Hispanics, even though smoking continues to be less common in young Hispanic women than young Hispanic men.”
The researchers also did some research to find the reason behind why the young women are at high risk which includes that there may be the differences in the types of lung cancer which affects both men and women.