Study finds rates of lung cancer for women show no decline 1976-2006

Posted: 12/9/2009

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975–2006 released by the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Cancer Institute and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries finds a decrease in lung cancer incidence and mortality for men, but there is no decrease in for women. View the report here.

This trend is not a new one. Women have surged ahead of men in the number of incidences and mortalities from lung disease for years. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the US among men and women. It is responsible for the deaths of more women than any other type of cancer.

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago offers Catch Your Breath, an initiative that focuses on women’s lung health. The initiative works to educate the public and medical professionals about the disproportionate effects of lung disease on women while also funding and advocating for research. To learn more, visit our Women & Lung Health page.