Lung cancer usually occurs in older people. The average age
of people who are diagnosed with
lung cancer is about 71.1
Studies do not show clearly whether men who smoke are at a higher risk for lung cancer than women who smoke. Among non-smokers, women are more likely to get lung cancer than men. But women also have better responses to treatment for lung cancer.2
For all people, including smokers and nonsmokers:1
If you live with a smoker, you
have a higher risk for lung cancer compared with a person who lives in
a nonsmoking environment.
CitationsAmerican Cancer Society (2009). What are the key
statistics for lung cancer? Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer—Non–Small Cell. Available online:
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1x_What_Are_the_Key_Statistics_About_Lung_Cancer_15.asp?sitearea=.Rivera MP (2009). Lung cancer in women: The difference in epidemiology, biology and treatment outcomes. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 3(6): 627–634.
May 27, 2010
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
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