New Study on Lung Cancer released September 2011:
Lung cancer rates decline. Nationwide report shows a continuing decline among men, and a promising decline among women.
The rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women, lung cancer incidence decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008, after increasing steadily for decades.
Researchers analyzed lung cancer data from CDC′s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute′s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. They estimated smoking behavior by state using the CDC′s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Study findings include:
- Among men, lung cancer rates continued to decrease nationwide.
- From 1999 to 2008 lung cancer rates among men decreased in 35 states and remained stable in nine states (change could not be assessed in six states and the District of Columbia).
- States with the lowest lung cancer incidence among men were clustered in the West.
- After increasing for years, lung cancer rates among women decreased nationwide between 2006 and 2008.
- Lung cancer rates decreased between 1999 and 2008 among women in California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
- Lung cancer rates among women remained stable in 24 states, and increased slightly in 14 states (change could not be assessed in six states and the District of Columbia).
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