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Lung cancer mortality is declining in men but not women

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7510.0-d (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-d

Mortality due to lung cancer is now declining in middle aged men in all new European Union states as well as most of the old ones, but it is still increasing among women, reflecting earlier trends in tobacco exposure. On page 189, Didkowska and colleagues show trends in age standardised mortality due to lung cancer in the 35-54 age group for all EU member states. The authors emphasise the continuing need for strong antismoking programmes for both sexes.


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