Navigation Links
Lung Cancer's Racial Gap Narrowing

Anti-smoking campaigns aimed at teens reduce differences in incidence, deaths, research shows

THURSDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to prevent teens from smoking have helped narrow the racial disparity in lung cancer incidence and death rates among adults in the United States, researchers say.

Smoking causes most lung cancer cases in the United States. Lung cancer cases have been consistently higher in blacks than in whites at all ages. Since the 1970s, programs to reduce smoking by teens have proven highly effective.

In the new study, researchers analyzed 1992-2006 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute and found that lung cancer death rates among men decreased by 7.9 percent per year in blacks and 3.6 percent per year in whites. Among women, lung cancer death rates decreased by 4.8 percent per year in blacks and 1.9 percent per year in whites.

The increased risk of death from lung cancer among black men compared with whites decreased from more than 200 percent in 1992 to 28 percent in 2006. Among women, the risk of death from lung cancer was 47 percent higher among blacks than whites in 1992. That disparity had virtually disappeared by 2006, according to the researchers.

The study also found a reduction in the racial gap in lung cancer incidence rates. In 1992, black men were more than twice as likely to develop lung cancer as white men, while black women had a more than 75 percent greater risk than white women. By 2006, the risk was 30 percent higher for black men and 22 percent higher for black women.

The study is published in the December issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which features a special focus on tobacco.

"This report is good news in that it shows the importance of preventing teens from smoking in narrowing or eliminating racial disparities in smoking-related diseases," study author Ahmedin Jemal, strategic director for cancer occurrence at the American Cancer Society, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research. "The potential for eliminating racial or socioeconomic disparities from other lifestyle-related diseases, such as heart disease linked to obesity, is profound."

More information

The American Cancer Society explains the health risks associated with smoking and other tobacco use.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, Dec. 3, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Multidisciplinary meeting on urological cancers aims to benefit cancer patients
2. Shorter, More Intense Radiation OK for Some Breast Cancers
3. M. D. Anderson redefines screening guidelines for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers
4. Curcumin may inhibit nicotine-induced activation of head and neck cancers
5. Photodynamic therapy effective for certain head and neck cancers
6. New Classification Proposed for Stomach Cancers
7. Duke/Singapore scientists find new way to classify gastric cancers
8. Non-AIDS-Related Cancers Growing Among HIV Patients
9. Certain cancers more common among HIV patients than non-HIV patients
10. Excess body weight causes over 124,000 new cancers a year in Europe
11. Virus May Drive Some Prostate Cancers
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare ... IT Healthcare was recognized as a finalist in the category of Digital Solutions ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Lutronic, a leading innovator of aesthetic and ... to the devices for sale in the United States. Clarity is a Superior ... nm Nd:YAG lasers, into a single platform that is easy to own and operate. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... PYA’s latest white paper, “ PYA ... main “pain point” for merging or aligning healthcare provider organizations—when mergers and other ... This quick-read guidance suggests that failing to recognize the power of an ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... PartnerTech , a leader in high-tech ... 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech North America, currently serves as Director for ... of time in Sweden since joining PartnerTech based in Malmo, Sweden. He has ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Nurotron Biotechnology Co., Ltd., maker of ... to date. , The order will be from the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, ... System is an effective solution for children and adults suffering from severe and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... India , December 1, 2015 ... market research report "Immunotherapy Drugs Market by Type of Drug ... Checkpoint Inhibitors), Epidemiology, Regulatory and Pipeline Analysis - Global Forecast ... is poised to reach USD 73,529.2 Million by 2020 from ... from 2015 to 2020. Browse 37 ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , 1 de diciembre de 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... para cuchillas de precisión, develó hoy un ... identidad de marca. El nuevo logo destaca ... y la ingeniería de productos con cuchillas ... ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015 During the recent 2015 Transcatheter ... Francisco, CA , Medinol Ltd. continued to ... During a satellite symposium, "The BioNIR eDES: The ... Restenosis", a renowned physician panel discussed the key ... Coronary Stent System and the Medinol eDES Coronary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: