Women and Lung Cancer
Did you know that there are important differences between men and women with respect to lung cancer?
Women are 1.5 times more likely than men to develop lung cancer.1
Women who never smoked are more likely to develop lung cancer than men who have never smoked.2
Researchers are finding that the effects of tobacco seem to be far more damaging to women than men.3
Lung cancer kills more women than any other cancer.4
In addition to the burden of lung cancer on women as patients, women are often the primary caregivers of the 12,200 men who are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
Over the last 30 years, lung cancer has increased in young women and decreased in young men ages 20-44.5
1JAMA. 2004; 291:1768Lung Cancer in US Women
2JAMA. 2004; 291:1768Lung Cancer in US Women
3JAMA. 2004; 291:1768Lung Cancer in US Women
4Canadian Cancer Society, 2004
5Ontario Cancer Registry, 2001