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Women Get Lung Cancer From Smoking at Same Rates as Men
Date:6/13/2008

on of The Lancet Oncology.

"The most effective way to prevent lung cancer is for men and women not to smoke, or if they are smoking to quit," Freedman said.

Thomas Glynn, the American Cancer Society's senior director of international tobacco control, said the study was very useful, given the debate over the last decade whether women were more susceptible to tobacco-related lung cancers than men.

"The conclusion reached that women are more or less susceptible to lung cancer goes back to the adage, 'Women who smoke like men die like men,' " Glynn said. "This study shows that women who smoked like men get lung cancer like men."

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SOURCES: Neal Freedman, Ph.D., cancer prevention fellow, U.S. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.; Thomas Glynn, Ph.D., senior director, International Tobacco Control, American Cancer Society; June 14, 2008, The Lancet Oncology, online


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