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May 24, 1985

Seeking to end smoking's appeal to women, youth

JAMA. 1985;253(20):2943-2944. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350440021003

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This will be the first year in US history in which more women will die of carcinoma of the lung than of any other form of cancer.

That is the prediction of the president of the American Cancer Society, Robert J. McKenna, MD, clinical professor of surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, and surgical oncologist in private practice. He told a San Diego seminar that the American Cancer Society is going to Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, business and industry, and the public in an intensified campaign against tobacco.

Using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md, the society is projecting 38,600 deaths from carcinoma of the lung in American women this year. For the first time, this figure is higher than the projected number of deaths (38,400) among US women from carcinoma of the breast.