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Lung Cancer Rates Are Now Higher for Women Than Men

Lung Cancer Rates Are Now Higher for Women Than Men

Lung cancer rates are now higher for women than men, according to a recent study.  This marks the first time this has ever occurred: Whereas the lung cancer rate in women was 12% lower than the male cancer rate from 1995-1999, from 2010-2014 the female lung cancer rate was 17% than that of men*.

The study was completed and published in May 2018 by researchers from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. They examined rates of lung cancer in men and women of Hispanic and white descent born since 1965. Ultimately, the study concludes that while lung cancer rates have declined for both genders, the male lung cancer rate has declined at a faster rate. Head researchers note this signals a major role reversal and a greater need for lung cancer prevention advocacy among women.

Researchers acknowledged that the study’s results also beg the question of why the lung cancer rate is suddenly higher for women than men, but this is mostly unanswerable without more data and research. Experts have, however, entertained the idea that smoking affects men and women differently. For example, even though the termination of smoking decreases the chances of a lung cancer diagnosis in both men and women, researchers think the chances decrease at a lower rate each year post-cessation.

For more information or to read the full study, check out the results here.

*Higher Lung Cancer Incidence in Young Women Than Young Men in the United States

  • Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kimberly D. Miller, M.P.H., Jiemin Ma, Ph.D., Rebecca L., Siegel, M.P.H., Stacey A. Fedewa, Ph.D., Farhad Islami, M.D., Ph.D., Susan S. Devesa, Ph.D., and Michael J. Thun, M.D.


Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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