The new England journal of medicine reports women today in the United States are just as likely to die from lung cancer as men are. This is due to many females smoking at a younger age as well as the fact they are smoking much more than ever. Lung cancer in women is not the only thing to worry about; they are also dying from many other smoking related illnesses.
During the 1980s, the risk of developing lung cancer for men dropped significantly while the risk for women continued to rise.
In the United States, more than 35 million people are smokers. That equates to about 20% of all men as well as 18% of all females. If one out of five adults are smokers in the United States, it sounds bad enough but the truth is that this number used to be much worse a few decades ago.
The above mentioned statistics are the result of many years of research. For example, while one study showed results from 1997 to 2004, another tracked results from as far back as 1959 to the present time.
Some of the findings are as follows:
- Women have a 25 times higher risk of dying of lung cancer than women who do not smoke at all.
- When it comes to lifespan, women who smoke were twice as likely to die before reaching the age of 80.
- Anyone who smokes is also 3 times more likely to die between the ages of 25 to 79 than those who don’t smoke.
Even though the risk of lung cancer in women is at an all-time high, if you stop smoking, you can reverse the ill effects and lengthen your lifespan. Personally, I have loved ones around me who are chain smokers and I stopped pleading with them to stop smoking a long time ago. Recently, I had a loved one pass away and he lived to be 81. This person smoked 3 packs a day until the age of 57, when he had his first heart attack. Needless to say, he defied the odds through the miracle of modern medicine but his quality of life was horrific after he turned 67.