The decrease in lung cancer cases is closely tied to smoking patterns across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In western states, where men and women are less likely to smoke, lung cancer incidence is decreasing faster.
This gives new hope to many smokers who may think it’s too late to quit. Indeed, studies show that lung cancer rates start declining five years after smoking rates decrease.
Federal health authorities credit higher tobacco prices, media campaigns, smoke-free policies and cessation programs for the drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases.
“Although lung cancer among men and women has decreased over the past few years, too many people continue to get sick and die from lung cancers, most of which are caused by smoking,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, in a news release. “The more we invest in proven tobacco control efforts, the fewer people will die from lung cancer.”
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Other findings from the CDC report include:
- States with lower 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.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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