Declines in lung cancer death rates among US women have lagged in 2 hot spots
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Bottom Line: While lung cancer death rates among women in most of the United States have declined substantially in recent years, progress among women in a region covering central Appalachia and southern parts of the Midwest and in northern parts of the Midwest has lagged.

Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Author: Katherine Ross, MPH, a graduate student in the Department of Epidemiology of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta.

Background: Ross explained that nationally, lung cancer death rates have been declining steadily among women since the mid-2000s. “We wanted to see if there were geographic differences in this decline so that we could identify places in the United States where women might benefit from targeted tobacco control and smoking cessation programs, and other interventions aimed at reducing the burden of lung cancer,” she said.

How the Study Was Conducted and Results: To conduct the study, Ross and her colleagues used data on the number of lung cancer deaths among women obtained from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) database to calculate age-standardized lung cancer

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