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July 12, 2006

Women and Lung CancerGender Equality at a Crossroad?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY (Drs Neugut and Jacobson).

JAMA. 2006;296(2):218-219. doi:10.1001/jama.296.2.218

Ever since the American Cancer Society began reporting incidence and mortality data on specific cancers, lung cancer has stood out as a predominantly male disease.1 However, since World War II, when cigarette smoking became socially acceptable for and marketed to women, their lung cancer incidence rates have risen. Gender equality in lung cancer incidence rates may be attained in the near future.2

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