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Lung cancer death rates rise 600% in US women

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:752
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Death rates from lung cancer among white women in the United States increased by 600% between 1950 and 2000, a report from the US surgeon general stated this week. The rate was 5 per 100000 in 1950 and 35 per 100000 in the year 2000.

    In 1950 lung cancer accounted for only 3% of all female cancer deaths, whereas in 2000 it accounted for an estimated 25% Twenty seven thousand more women died of lung cancer than of breast cancer in …

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