Analysis Finds Wide Variation in Lung Cancer Rates Globally
Lung cancer is now the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. An estimated 491,200 women died of lung cancer in 2012, more than half (57%) of whom resided in economically developing countries. Differences in smoking patterns account for much of the variation in lung cancer rates around the globe.
- Lung cancer mortality rates among young women (aged 30–49 years) were stable or declining in 47 of the 52 populations examined.
- Among older women (aged 50–74 years), lung cancer mortality rates were increasing for more than half (36/64) of populations examined.
- For both age groups, rates were highest in parts of Europe (Scotland, Hungary, Denmark) and North America and lowest in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
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