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