Lung Cancer On The Decline: CDC
September 16, 2011

Lung Cancer On The Decline: CDC


According to a new report by the CDC, “State-Specific Trends in Lung Cancer Incidence and Smoking” published in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, lung cancer rates are on the decline in the United States.

The report analyzed data state by state by looking at the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for the period 1994 through 2009. The report states that lung cancer rates were declining fastest in the West, where smoking prevalence is lowest.

The Washington Post notes that the states that have the lowest incidence of smoking are also those that have the highest taxes on cigarettes, have stricter smoking bans and well-funded smoking prevention programs.

Matthew Myers, president of the Washington, DC-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told the Washington Post, ”Many Americans have a greater risk of lung cancer because of where they live and because their elected leaders have failed to implement proven measures to reduce tobacco use.”

The CDC report notes that states that invest more in tobacco cessation see greater reductions in smoking; and the longer they invest the greater the savings in smoking related health care costs.

CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH says, “Although lung cancer among men and women has decreased over the past few years, too many people continue to get sick and die from lung cancers, most of which are caused by smoking. The more we invest in proven tobacco control efforts, the fewer people will die from lung cancer.”

The report shows that nationwide lung cancer incidence in men has been on the decline since at least 1999, while women showed gains in cancer incidence. In 2005 the rate of lung cancer in women began to stabilize and decline. Also the report shows that the states with the highest number of current smokers also show a higher incidence of lung cancer.


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