Boston docs on drop in lung cancer rates for women

The Washington Post on the drop in lung cancer deaths in women.  Back before they banned cigarette ads on TV, they used the women’s movement to sell cigarettes to women. We say, you’ve come a long way back baby. Welcome to the tobacco-free life.

More than a decade after the death rate from lung cancer among men started falling, the pace at which women are succumbing to the malignancy peaked in 2002 and dropped almost about 1 percent a year through at least 2007, researchers reported Thursday.

Some locals offer comment:

This is good news, and maybe the country can use a little good news about now,” said David Cutler, an economist at Harvard University who studies the impact of tobacco…

Many states facing budget crises are cutting successful anti-smoking campaigns.

“As the decline in adult and adolescent smoking rates have stalled with cutbacks to state tobacco-control programs, we can expect that the declines in lung cancer death rates that we celebrate today will also stall sometime in the future,” said Joseph DiFranza, a professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

For more on women and lung cancer see:

Lung cancer gender gap : Scientists are trying to pinpoint why women seem to be more likely than men to contract lung cancer. Los Angeles Times , March 26, 2001. Lung cancer screening : hope or hype? A story about the pros and cons of a new test that promises early detection of lung cancer. The Boston Globe, July 11, 2000. This work was supported by a grant from The Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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