The age-specific incidence of lung cancer has generally decreased among both men and women aged 30 to 54 years in all races and ethnic groups in the US over the past 2 decades. This according to a study that examined the nationwide population-based incidence of lung cancer according to sex, race or ethnic group, age group (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, and 50-54 years), year of birth (1945 to 1980), and calendar period of diagnosis (1995-1999, 2000-2004, 2005-2009, and 2010-2014). Researchers also examined the prevalence of cigarette smoking. They found:
- The decline in age-specific incidence of lung cancer in men has been steeper than among women over the past 20 years.
- The patterns of historically higher incidence rates among men than among women have reversed among non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics born since the mid-1960s.
- The prevalence of cigarette smoking among women born since 1965 had approached, but generally not exceeded, the prevalence among men.
Jemal A, Miller KD, Ma J, et al. Higher lung cancer incidence in young women than young men in the United States. N Engl J Med. 2018;378:1999-2009. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1715907.
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