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Deaths from lung cancer in non-smokers are higher in men than in women

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1597 (Published 05 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1597
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The death rate from lung cancer among lifelong non-smokers is higher in men than in women, a large data review has found. The research contradicts assertions that the risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked is growing and that the incidence of the cancer is higher among non-smoking women than non-smoking men.

    The study pooled information from 13 large cohort studies that included more than 630 000 people for incidence analyses and 1.8 million people for mortality analyses (PLoS Med 2008;5(9):e185, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050185).

    The studies spanned 1960 to 2004 and were based in North America, Europe, and Asia. They were supplemented with data from 22 cancer registries from 10 countries reported to have a low prevalence of smoking among women. The …

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